HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Family and friends are grieving the loss of two teenage girls killed in a weekend crash.
A visitation was held Tuesday night for people to pay their respects to the family of 16-year-old Samantha Tilley.
She and her best friend, 19-year-old Catherine “Beth” Shivers died in an accident on Buckhorn Road in rural Orange County just before noon Saturday.
Tilley was a sophomore at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. Shivers graduated from the same school last year.
So it seemed fitting that people gathered at the school Tuesday night to offer their sympathy to Tilley's family. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with a burial to follow at the Shambley Family Cemetery in Durham.
Tilley and Shivers had been in chorus together.
“When those two girls got together, it was like sunlight and nothing could stop them,” said Shivers' father, James. “They were doing exactly what they wanted to do. They bonded and it's just a tragedy they had an accident.”
Shivers was a freshman at UNC Pembroke, studying nursing.
She survived cancer as a young teen, after the same disease claimed her mother's life. James said she was home this past weekend celebrating what would have been her mother's birthday.
He said whenever his daughter was in town, the two friends always spent a lot of time together.
“They were betwixt and between, Samantha's house and here,” he said. “I saw [Beth] Friday night. She ran out with a smile [and said], 'Love ya' Daddy! See ya' tomorrow.' and then I heard from the sheriff's department.”
Investigators said Tilley was driving Saturday and not wearing a seat belt. They believe she veered off the unpaved road, over-corrected, then hit a tree. Troopers said they believe speed may have caused her to lose control on the gravel.
A memorial service for Shivers will be held Thursday morning at New Horizon Church in Durham.
Read the obituaries for Tilley and Shivers.