Friends trying to cope with teen's death in ATV crash

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Friends try to cope with teen's death

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NEW RIVER - Family and friends are dealing with an ATV accident that killed a Valley teenager.

Friends of 16-year-old Taylor Wisdom, of Anthem, held a private memorial service at the scene of that ATV crash in New River.

Earlier Thursday evening they met with 3TV at the school where they are struggling to deal with such a tragic end to the school year.

Students at Boulder Creek High School are reeling from the death of their friend, Taylor.

Friend Alex Larson says, "The empty desk behind me made me realize this is actually happening, and it hit me."

The news is making it impossible for many to finish their final exams just hours after the deadly ATV crash.

A memorial outside the school grew throughout the day as friends and teachers stopped by. Most of the visitors had stares of disbelief.

Lea Halbig recalls, "She's such a beautiful person and the fact that this happened to her and that her life was cut short, it's heartbreaking." Tricia Gallegos, adds, "She was always the person who'd come running down the hall with a smile on her face."

Taylor's friends say she succeeded at everything. One said, "She tried out for soccer and was amazing. She tried out for dance and had never danced, but was the best on the team, I think." "She could've done anything she wanted to."

Taylor's friends have not been able to talk to her grieving parents, but say they hope the memorial they have created outside the school sends them a message.

Larson explains, "We just want them to see this and know that she's made an impact at Boulder Creek and no one will forget her."

Taylor's 17-year-old boyfriend, still a junior at Boulder Creek, is in the hospital.