HUNTSVILLE Ala. (WZDX) - Classmates of 10-year-old Jaden Coppens gathered for a special event to honor their friend who died Tuesday in a multi-vehicle wreck on Weatherly Road.
The kids released a sea of balloons into the sky. Each one held a special message to Jaden.
"I'll miss her a lot," Jaden's friend, Amelia Blackstone said, as she wrote her message to Jaden.
Coppens friends were gathered at Cove Park Sunday for a special softball game which served as a fundraiser for the Coppens family, organized by the Huntsville Southeastern Softball League, on which Jaden and her two sisters played.
"Softball is huge to this community, and it was huge to these little girls. It was a big part of the Coppens life and that's how a lot of us got to know Jaden and her family," Lane Wilson, Jaden's Softball Coach said.
Jaden Coppens' mother Andrea and older sister Jasmine are still in the hospital. Both underwent surgeries this weekend and continue to recover. Other family members are focusing on funeral arrangements for Jaden. Sunday's fundraiser was planned to help the family with the expense.
"Our first focus this week is to make sure that there is no stress for them," Fundraiser Coordinator, Leslie Moody said.
Jaden's friends and classmates collected money and donated their allowances to help the Coppens family.
"We went around the neighbor hood and collected over $200 dollars," 7-year-old Jay Neill said.
I will miss her a lot because I knew her really good and she was one of my best friends," Zoe Presnell said.
The fundraiser was also designed to help Jaden's hurting friends and teammates heal by remembering her at her happiest.
"It's a way to get them out of the moment and among their friends and where they can be kids and so that helps today," Wilson said.