-- Quitman, Ga. -- April 2, 2012 --
Quitman residents have been rattled by the death of 17-year old Savannah June Wilkes on Saturday. The Brooks County High School student was a passenger in a car that wrecked on Dixie Road.
Officials have not released the names or conditions of the driver and two other passengers in the car. The cause of the crash is under investigation. One thing is clear, Savannah will be missed. She leaves behind her horse Stormy, who she raised from birth.
Her best friend Jerika Jones spoke about her passion for horses. She said "Her passion was definitely horses. Me and her grew up together and we were practically born on the back of horses and we stayed that way for many many years."
Her Uncle Peg is going through a divorce. Savannah would check up on him regularly with phone calls.
Peg Cain said "she wasn't concerned about how she was, she was concerned about my well being. And it meant a lot to me. She'll always be a memory, and a great one."
Her best friend Jerika went on to say "she was a wonderful loving person. She loved anybody that she became friends with. It wasn't hard at all to become friends with her, she was just outgoing and full of joy, and loved life."
Savannah's funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Quitman. Her service is set for Tuesday, April 3, at 1PM.