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Ian Heflin, Liberty High student, killed on way to school

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An unplanned memorial was held Monday night for the 16-year-old Liberty High School student killed in a vehicle crash in Fauquier County.

Ian Helfin of Catlett, his 14-year-old sister, Brianna Helfin, and the 17-year-old driver were on their way to school Monday morning. Brianna was also wounded in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle wasn't injured.

All three teens were wearing their seat belts.

Ian was a lacrosse player and cheerleader at Liberty High.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Route 644, less than a mile west of Route 608. Authorities say the driver lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected and struck a tree.

Ian's friend Coy Brown said, "Just seeing someone that you ride the bus with every day and the next day he's gone - you're never going to see him again. It's just really hard."

Coy's sister, Joslin Brown, added Ian was like a brother to her.

"Everyday I'd get on the bus and he'd say, 'Hi little freshman.'...he always made sure I got on the bus with a smile on my face, and it was like that every day," she recalled.

Friends shared stories of Ian through both laughter and cries. Some shared their memories by way of written messages.

Mark Jenkins, a father of a Liberty High student, offered a prayer at the memorial. 

He added, "Friday when I saw him, he was fine. He was happy. Then Monday I come to school, and he's not there. It's just really rough for everybody."

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