UPDATE: Vigil held for girls killed in crash, survivors

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 --- 4:41 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of people gathered in Wausau to remember the lives of two young girls killed in a traffic crash.

People held candles, cried and hugged at a vigil Monday night for the two 12-year-olds, Reighlee Stevenson of Oshkosh and Deserae Landowski of Wausau.

Organizers say the vigil was also to show support for eight other people in the SUV that crashed last Friday. Police say a 16-year-old girl who doesn't have a driver's license was behind the wheel.

Seventeen-year-old Shaquille Holzem was one of the young people in the SUV. With his arm in a sling, Holzem told the crowd that the crash was a "wake up call for us all."

Daily Herald Media says it was a theme that was repeated over and over during the vigil -- that something positive should come of the tragedy.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 --- 6:40 p.m.

TOWN OF EASTON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the driver of an SUV that crashed and overturned, killing two 12-year-old girls, was a 16-year-old girl who didn't have a driver's license.

The girl appeared in juvenile court Monday, where she was placed on electronic monitoring and ordered not to drive. Her name hasn't been released. Prosecutors were granted 48 hours to file charges.

The girl was driving Friday with nine passengers, ages 12 to 15. The driver lost control and the vehicle rolled several times.

The Marathon County sheriff's department says the two 12-year-olds who died were Reighlee Stevenson of Oshkosh and Deserae Landowski of Wausau.

A third person remains hospitalized in critical condition. Seven others were treated and released from hospitals.

The Wausau School District and Horace Mann Middle School are making counseling services available.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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