Friends Remember Town of Porter Crash Victims

September 26, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 8:13 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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September 26, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 8:13 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Already over 700 people joined a Facebook page put up over the weekend to remember the lives of 19-year-old Jeremy Campbell of Youngstown and 17-year-old Taylor Messing who just graduated from Niagara Falls High school in June.

A wake for 17-year-old Taylor Messing will be held Tuesday from 2 p.m - 4 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home in Niagara Falls. The funeral for messing will be held Wednesday at Lane Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

"Everybody is in shock you know, everybody keep writing on her Facebook page, 'I can't believe this.' Don't nobody want it to be true because ain't nobody every expect this to happen," said Tezirae Crittenden, a friend of the deceased victims of the crash.

Both were killed Saturday afternoon in a single-car accident on Youngstown-Lockport Road in the Town of Porter. There were three other teenagers in the car with them. Nineteen-year-old John Schmitz was behind the wheel. Investigators say he was speeding past another car that was stopped, preparing to turn into a local orchard shop when he lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. News of the horrific crash travelled fast.

"One of my friends, Courtney Cary called me and she said you are never going to believe this...then she told me and it's like my heart just stopped and I didn't believe it. Like you know, I just didn't want to believe it at all," said Crittenden.

The driver of the car and two other passengers, 17-year-old Keith Burns and an unidentified 15-year-old female are all in stable condition. But the two lives cut too short sends a somber message to the people they left behind.

"Don't take life for granted you know. It's short. It goes to show you it's short. Have fun and live it to the fullest 'cuz she did. She lived everyday to the fullest. She was an awesome person," said Courtney Carey, a friend of Taylor Messing.

The driver in the car the teens were trying to pass was not hit or injured.