Prayer vigil held for Nettleton teens killed in wreck

A prayer vigil was held Monday evening to remember the Nettleton teens killed in a car wreck over the weekend.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 10:44 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2018 11:33 AM

Update 07/10/18 - Funeral arrangements are now complete for Margaret Riley and Brandon Coward.

MORE:  Arrangements for Riley 
MORE:  Arrangements for Coward 

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NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents of the Nettleton community gathered at the tennis courts by Nettleton High School on Monday to remember the lives of two teenagers who died in a car wreck over the weekend. 

Margaret "Maggie" Riley, 18, was a cheerleader going into her senior year of high school and Brandon Coward was a former member of the Union Volunteer Fire Department going into his junior year of high school. 

"Everybody just thought that they were just such a cute couple and everybody enjoyed them both," Kelly Johnson said.

Johnson is a teacher in the Nettleton School District and she coached Riley in cheerleading.

Over 100 people came together to remember the lives of the young couple, remembering their personalities and the good times. 

"Her [Riley] smile was just the main thing," Shelby Flurry said. "It was great."

Flurry was friends with Riley and Coward. 

"He [Coward] was an outstanding young man," Chief Steve Caygle of the Union Volunteer Fire Department said. "He did anything you asked him to do. He was eager to learn."

Many cried during the vigil as the shock from the loss began to sink in.

"My heart breaks for the family," Johnson said. "It breaks for myself losing a student and a cheerleader. That's hard."

Many in the crowd encouraged others to forget the moment that changed everything and to only remember the good times. However, for some like Mike Cody, the homeowner of the house where the accident happened, that can be difficult. 

"She [Cody's wife] said, 'Oh, that thunder! It's so loud, it shook the house.' And then probably five minutes after that one of our neighbors came knocking on the door and said they've had a bad wreck. 'It doesn't look real good!' And she needed to call 911 and that's what we did," Cody said. 

Friends, classmates and teammates lit candles, sang songs and even left a cross and a statue of an angel at the scene of the wreck. 

A visitation will be held Tuesday for Riley and Coward. A funeral will be held Wednesday. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident. 

RELATED: MHP: Two teens die in Lee County wreck

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