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Hundreds attend candlelight vigil in memory of 15-year-old, mother killed in crash

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Hundreds of East Texas high school students and parents gathered on Sunday night, grieving after their community's loss of a 15-year-old high school freshman and her mother.

Family and friends gathered at Bullard High School to remember 39-year-old Hollie Warren and her 15-year-old daughter Haley Lombardo, who both died as a result of a Friday car crash.

DPS officials said Warren was driving her car on highway 69 near Bullard when she lost control of her vehicle on the wet roadway, causing her to drive into a ditch and then into a tree.

Warren died immediately on impact Friday afternoon. Her daughter was rushed to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries just after 1 A.M. on Saturday.

Lombardo was a freshman at Bullard High School. Her friends remember her as a talented athlete who even played Varsity level volleyball.

"She was great at sports," said teammate and friend Abby Story." "She loved volleyball. She didn't even have to practice. She was so good."

Other teammates remember Lombardo as the one who could always put a smile on somebody's face.

"She was really sweet," said Erin Johnson. "She always made me laugh. She always made everyone laugh here."

"She was always hilarious," said Jaelynn Harris. "She always made my day in practice, at school and class. She was just funny."

Warren's husband, Jon Warren, and sister attended the ceremony, but did not speak publicly. Jon Warren posted on his late wife's behalf on her Facebook page Sunday, saying "our loss is great and we will miss them with all our hearts."

"You never know when you're going to lose somebody," Story said. "You need to be with your family a lot and know that you have a short time with them and know that."

Lombardo's friends said that even in death, her memory will live on.

"Haley used to always tell me don't give up and when it gets tough, push through the pain and keep trying," Johnson said.

At this time, family friends said they are still working to make funeral arrangements for Warren and Lombardo. They are also working to create a fund to help support the family the two left behind.

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