Thomasville community rallies around family of teen killed in wreck

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 30, 2019

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Wednesday, a community, family and school remembered 18-year-old Levi Knop, a senior at Thomasville High School. Knop was killed in a wreck on US Highway 319 Tuesday morning.

Family and friends are now finding strength in one another and coming together in prayer.

"He gave of his time and just loved people really well," said Hannah Watt, a friend of Knop.

Wednesday afternoon, volunteers were setting up in the Biscuit Company on Oak Street. Plans for a prayer vigil were formed overnight. The venue, DJ and all other services were supplied free of charge.

The community is now showing an outpouring of love and support to the family and friends of Levi.

"We want the students and the Knop family to know how loved they are and how we are rallying behind them as a community," said Watt.

WCTV also reached out to Thomasville City Schools, which released the following statement:

"The Thomasville City Schools family and our community are stricken with grief beyond words. Losing one precious life is difficult enough to bear but losing two of our students has deeply affected students and staff from multiple schools. Our hearts hurt for the families, teammates, classmates and friends of Levi. The outpouring of support the schools and the system have received this week have demonstrated what a special place Thomasville is in which to live."

A GoFundMe account that started for the family is also bringing comfort. In a matter of hours, it passed its $10,000 goal. At this time, it's already raised $27,000.