Nebraska Girl Scouts plan vigil, make cards to honor 3 girls, mom killed in Wisconsin crash

A bench outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has become a memorial for the four people killed.

Local Girl Scouts will participate in a nationwide vigil Saturday afternoon to honor the three Girl Scouts and mother killed when a truck ran over them as they picked up litter.

Ceremonies are planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Omaha Service Center at 2121 S. 44th St. and at the Papillion City Park at 84th and Lincoln Streets. Vigil participants are asked to bring flashlights or battery-operated candles rather than real candles. Additionally, Girl Scouts across the state are making cards to send to the affected Girl Scout troop in Wisconsin.

Girl Scout Troop 42489 of Papillion-La Vista also will be doing service projects in honor of the girls. The Scouts are collecting teddy bears for local law enforcement to use when working with children and collecting supplies for Children’s Hospital, said Shilo Hamblin, troop co-leader.

Donations for Children’s Hospital can be dropped off at the vigil in Papillion.

“It’s been hard on the girls,” Hamblin said. “They’re saddened by the tragic event, but they like the fact that we’re doing something to honor these other Girl Scouts and we’re being a sister to these other Girl Scouts.”

Killed in the crash in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin, were Sara Jo Schneider, 32; her daughter, Haylee Hickle, 10; Jayna Kelley, 9; and Autumn Helgeson, 10.

Colton Treu, the driver of the truck that struck them, has a court date in December.

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