School remembers Haley Nellum one year later

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  It’s been nearly one year since 17-year-old Haley Nellum was killed while heading home. Police said she was hit by a drunk driver. This week, her high school, Bishop Dwenger is remembering her.

Signs of support like this sign, "Smile 4 Haley" is evident both outside and inside Bishop Dwenger High School.
Signs of support like this sign, “Smile 4 Haley” is evident both outside and inside Bishop Dwenger High School.

Students wrote and posted messages to Haley on a wall in the cafeteria, labeled Haley’s Memorial Wall. They also sold Tim Horton’s tumblers and bracelets to raise money for the her scholarship fund that loved ones started back in June.

$500 will be donated to a sophomore dedicated to service and in need of some financial help. Students said Haley was very involved herself, volunteering for Special Olympics. This scholarship and the memorial wall helps students grieving, honor her.

“It really hit everyone pretty hard. So, we’re trying to give a chance to remember Haley and also give them a chance to move on from it. So, I think that expresses their feelings on this wall over here and really letting it out is a good way for everyone to remember her,” said Kelsey Kinniry, Student Body President, “We’re proud of everything she did accomplish at her life here on earth and one of the things that you learn from day one at Bishop Dwenger is your goal in life is to make it to heaven and I think she did just that.”

Haley’s younger sister, Heather was among the students honoring her.

“On the note, we had a lot of inside jokes and so I wrote my chicken bert because I don’t know. We just came up with the weirdest things and then I told her how I miss her and I can’t wait to be with her one day again and that I love her,” said Nellum.

Thursday after school around 3:20 p.m., students will release balloons, 17 blue balloons for how old she was and one gold that symbolizes her eternal life. The notes written on the memorial wall will be burned and released as prayers.

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