Loved ones pack gym for Roane Co. train crash victim's funeral s

Loved ones pack gym for Roane Co. train crash victim's funeral service

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Jadah Gallaher (source: Facebook) Jadah Gallaher (source: Facebook)
Family members told 6 News Friday they were simply heartbroken by the loss but say they're holding onto faith because that's what Jadah would want them to do. Family members told 6 News Friday they were simply heartbroken by the loss but say they're holding onto faith because that's what Jadah would want them to do.
Jadah Gallaher's loved ones packed the stands of the gym at Roane State Community College, celebrating her life. Jadah Gallaher's loved ones packed the stands of the gym at Roane State Community College, celebrating her life.
While hearts are hushed and broken, teammates were remembering the time they spent on the basketball court with this dear friend. While hearts are hushed and broken, teammates were remembering the time they spent on the basketball court with this dear friend.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - It was a somber day Friday for friends and loved ones, with a funeral for one of the victims in a deadly train crash in Roane County last month. Jadah Gallaher, 18, was killed when a train hit the car she was riding in. The tragic accident also killed Rod Drummond, 22, and hurt Jadah's brother Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass.

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Family members told 6 News Friday they were simply heartbroken by the loss but say they're holding onto faith because that's what Jadah would want them to do.

"You say Jadah, it's joy," said her cousin Keishia Love.

Gallaher's loved ones packed the stands of the gym at Roane State Community College, celebrating her life.

"She just made an impact on everyone's life. The way she smiled and laughed and made jokes, and just made everyone happy. She's just such a beautiful person," said former Harriman HS basketball teammate Lindsey Higgins.

While hearts are hushed and broken, teammates were remembering the time they spent on the basketball court with this dear friend.

"Jadah is an inspiration and a motivation. I won't see her around campus but I'll definitely push for her," said former Harriman HS basketball teammate Courtney Thomas.

Faith and praise are helping the family cope with the loss of the 18 year old.

"That was her personality. Jadah would have wanted us to praise and celebrate her going away," added Love.

Yet all say they're simply grateful for the time they shared with Jadah.

"It's hard to say goodbye because she was such a good person and good friend, she just made everyone happy. It's hard to let go but you know she's better off where she is," added Higgins.

There will be a car wash fundraiser for the Gallaher, Crass, and Drummond families Saturday at the Auto-Zone in Harriman from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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