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Memorial services held for Ballston Spa teen killed in crash

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - It was like a trail of tears outside Armer Funeral Home in Ballston Spa on Wednesday as hundreds lined up to pay their respects to 14-year-old Kari Liedel.

"She was more loved than anybody I've ever known,  and we all know we'll be with her again but it was so tragic, so sad," said family friend Daniel Saunders.

Many of those in attendance were fellow students who attended school with Kari.

"Kari was such a loving person always had a smile on her face," said one fellow student.

"She brightened up my day she always helped me when I needed it," said another student.

The teen was walking on West Milton Road on Saturday when police say she was hit and killed by 21-year-old Gavin Staulters around 8:30 p.m.

Family members said Kari was an aspiring singer and a rising sophomore at Ballston Spa High School. The family said Kari had gone swimming with two friends and was walking to her uncle's house when she was hit.

Students say when they return to class it just won't be the same without Kari.

"Alot of energy has been taken out of the class, the school, the hallways, " said one classmate.

"She was very outgoing and funny and she just loved singing," said a friend, who said Kari had dreams of being on American Idol.

"She loved singing and actually on Saturday she was supposed to sing at her sister's birthday, and it just did not work out like that, she was supposed to sing the song from Titanic," said her cousin Frank Flinton.

 

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