Lincoln HS community remembers crash victims

Nariyo Lee, 13, was killed in a crash on Saturday

DES MOINES - A community comes together to remember the victims in Saturday's deadly crash. 

It happened Saturday afternoon at the 3600 block of SE Army Post Road. 

Kathryn Kinley was killed in the crash, and her grandson, Kaden, 12, is now in a coma. Kaden's friend, Nariyo Lee, 13 was also killed in the crash.

On Tuesday night, Lincoln High School hosted a vigil on the football field to remember Lee's life and to pray for Kinley's recovery. 

Lee played football as an eighth grader, and was ready to join the team next fall. Some of his family members spoke to the crowd that gathered on the sidelines to hear them speak. Those who knew Lee best say he was always in the middle of everything.

"This is crazy, all of my friends are here. It just doesn't seem real," said Cagan Janssens, an eighth grader. "I was sleeping and my mom came in the room, woke me up and told me. I can't believe he's really gone."

"This was an avenue for him to come out and express himself and it was big for the team, and you know I heard that from the kids, so we were just happy as a football program to provide a place for them to come and do this," said Derek Summy, the head football coach for Lincoln High School.

At the end of the vigil, they released hundreds of balloons into the air. They were also selling T-shirts to honor Lee, with the profits going to help his family pay for funeral expenses.


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