On Saturday afternoon, May 1st, Kalen got all ready for prom. She slipped on the dress red dress with an embellished top that she had gotten for the special occasion.
She did her hair, put on her makeup, and took photos, smiling along with Lendon as he wrapped an arm around her.
Instagram; pictured above is another photo of Kalen
Kalen and Lendon then began driving to prom, but on their way, they got into a car accident along with several other students that were also traveling there.
Kalen and Lendon sadly passed away in the accident, while the other students involved in the crash survived.
The Hamilton Heights High School canceled prom following the news of Kalen and Lendon passing away.
“We are reaching out to share that there has been an accident involving Hamilton Heights students on their way to prom, ” Derek Arrowood, Superintendent of the Hamilton Heights School Corporation shared in a statement.
“It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have been informed that two students involved in this accident have died from their injuries. At this time, all scheduled prom activities have been canceled.”
Pictured above is the statement shared by Derek Arrowood
“This was taken at my mom’s retirement party a few weeks ago,” Kalen’s mom Jody said on Facebook along with the photo below.
Facebook; pictured above is a photo of Kalen and her boyfriend that her mom Jody shared
“I didn’t even get to see my baby girl in her prom dress. I love you so much, Kalen Rae! I am so proud of the young woman you were becoming. Rest easy my baby girl.”
There is currently a Facebook fundraiser accepting donations to help cover the costs of Kalen’s burial and funeral expenses that you can donate to here.
“She was such an amazing person; she was loving, caring, sweet and just an all-around happy person,” Chad Miller said about Kalen on a GoFundMe page created for her that you can donate to here.
Facebook; pictured above is a photo of Kalen and a cat