TRINITY — Friends said they will remember Lillia Morris, who was killed Tuesday in a car crash, as always smiling.
Morris, 17, was killed after a 2008 Chevrolet SUV ran a red light and slammed into her car at State Road 54 and Duck Slough Boulevard.
Kayla Hunt, who said she was a family friend, said the Mitchell High School junior wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She said Morris did well in school and went to church every Sunday.
She described Morris as someone who was "so quiet, but loved life."
Mitchell High principal Jessica Schultz said Morris was very involved in the school’s medical academy and a student organization for future health professionals.
Many students and teachers are upset about Morris’ death, Schultz said, and a crisis team of district staff, school counselors and social workers was on campus Wednesday.
"I never saw her not smiling," said friend Sydney Moore in a Twitter message. "She could just make you happy by being around you."
Moore said they hadn’t been close for a few years, but still said hello every day in the hallways.
"It would change your day because it was just a random small act of kindness," she said.
"She was always so positive, and she could make anyone smile!" Julia Templeton said in a Twitter message. She said she had known Morris since middle school.
Aidan McCall, president of the school’s medical club, said Morris wanted to be a pediatric nurse. He said they had worked together on health screenings at local elementary schools and that "her face lit up" when they were with the kids.
He and Hunt both said they set up fundraising pages for Morris’ family. The pages had raised a combined $7,871 by Wednesday afternoon.