Posted at: 04/26/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 10:45 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 News) -- It’s been nearly 8 months since a 17-year-old Byron High School student was killed in a crash. It happened on the first day of school, now as the school year nears its end, classmates have come up with a way to ensure her memory lives on.
Those who knew her, say DJ Logan lived every day with a smile. Friday, friends and family shared smiles and also tears as they came together for a tree planting ceremony to honor her.
"If one were to ask me what the color purple means, it would be more than just another color, it'd bring a string of memories and emotions rolled into special memories, I will deeply cherish forever,” said Danielle Adams.
Wearing DJ Logan’s favorite color, a sea of purple, surrounding a small tree. A tree, rooted in the ground of Byron High School, forever reminding the community of a girl who left them too soon.
"She's always here, she'll always be here touching our hearts, every day for the rest of our lives,” said Jack Nelson.
"She was a colorful person. She loved life and she let everybody know it, always smiling,” said Matt Logan, DJ’s father.
"DJ was an extraordinary person who always knew the right thing to say and now thanks to many joined efforts, we can appreciate the bright beauty of the blossoming tree blooming flowers in a shade of purple,” said Adams.
DJ was killed when she rear-ended a bus on the first day of school. Learning later, she’d been texting and driving. Her family and classmates, now coming together to honor her life.
"To have the community, come out and the school, her friends, the students, it's just an enormous feeling of love,” said Megan Logan, DJ’s mother.
One by one, covering the roots with dirt, preserving the memories.
"She's someone who could always talk to always there for you, always had a smile on her face, she's a great friend,” said Nelson.
"Planted here today in honor of DJ Logan who has touched many lives. This tree evolved from a small seed, and in a sense, DJ Logan planted a seed in all of our hearts one that grows in her loving memory, every day,” said Adams.
Several different groups worked together to put the ceremony together. The Byron High School Student Council, National Honor Society, and Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Minnesota.