Saying Goodbye to two Wauseon car accident victims

It has been a week of mouring in Wauseon as the community gathers this weekend to pay final respects to Hollis Richer and David Mealer, both killed in a Christmas Eve car crash.

Hundreds gathered at Sarah's Garden Hope Center in Wauseon Friday for the visitation of Hollis Richer, a popular 17-year-old Wauseon High School senior. There was a tremendous turnout with an out-pouring of support for the riker family. The parking lot was just over-run with cars, and hundreds were lined up outside, standing in the rain, for their chance to say goodbye.

"She'll be missed a lot. I don't know anyone who hated her. She was always nice to everybody in school," said Casey Telson, a Wauseon student.

Another student standing in line said, "even if you didn't know her, she'd make you feel like someone special. You didn't have to be close to her to realize how cool she was. She was amazing and I never would have thought she'd be dead."

"She was beautiful. She always had a smile on her face. She never had anything bad to say about anybody, no matter what the circumstance was. She was just so greeting and nice to everybody and she's gonna be so missed," said Katie Scheponick, a Wauseon student.

Friends brought white roses to the visitation Friday as a symbol of how pure Hollis was. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wauseon High School gym.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Wauseon High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes or Camp Patmos on Kelley's Island.

Funeral arrangements have also been made for David Mealer who was also killed in that crash. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Oasis Christian Fellowship, also in Wauseon.