When tragedy strikes a city of less than 15,000 people, almost everyone is affected.
"[It's] just unbelievable. [It's] hard and [I feel] sadness," said Bainbridge High Principal Tommie Howell. "And my heart and sympathies just go out to her mom and her family," he added.
So, when word spread that sisters Jocelyn and Jessica Alexander were killed in a crash on Highway 27 Wednesday night, friends and family at Bainbridge High were shaken.
"They did everything together, said Bitisha Shina, 18, a close friend and classmate. "They hung by each other's side all the time," she said.
Three people died on impact during Wednesday night's crash. The sisters were airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial, but they died on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Jocelyn was studying cosmetology at Bainbridge College, and 17-year-old Jessica was a-week-and-a-half shy of her senior prom.
"When you already have your dress and your date and everything, that's just really hard to know that her group is just gonna miss her so much and things won't be the same without her there," said longtime friend Malori Maxwell, 17.
Shina, a part of Jessica's prom group, added, "I was looking forward to going to prom and seeing her there in her dress and stuff. But now that shes' gone, it's gonna be very sad not seeing her there.
Bainbridge High held a moment of silence this morning to remember two sisters, their legacy and the community that will never forget them.
"On graduation night, we're all gonna be thinking about her," Maxwell said. "And just when we throw our hats, we know we're throwing them up to her and she's gonna be watching down on us."
Georgia State Patrol says three of the victims, Anastasia Footman, Rachel Harrell and Teddy Jones, have been released from the hospital. And Philip Mosley is recovering at Tallahassee Memorial.
Jocelyn and Jessica's funeral will be Tuesday at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
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