LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Family and friends of a Laurel girl severely injured in a one-car accident last month gathered Saturday night to pray for her continued recovery in the hospital. Several dozen people made their way around the track at Laurel High School's football stadium in a "Survivor Candlelight Prayer Walk" for Auseona Abney, 18, also known as "Icy."
Abney, a senior at Laurel High School, was seriously injured on Oct 21 when her car left Northview Drive and slammed into the wall of a nursing home.
Family members appreciate all the support she's gotten, but they said she has a long period of recovery ahead.
"She's been through so much and she continues to fight," said Tina Naylor, Auseona's mother. "So, she is a born fighter and is surviving right now," she said.
"The first week, students responded very emotionally and quickly," said Carl Michael Day, principal of Laurel High School. They did a school-wide card, collected money, just a little bit of everything they thought they could do to help. You're kind of helpless in these situations, but they wanted the family and Auseona also to know they loved and missed her," he said.
Balloons were also released during the ceremony.
Laurel Police are still investigating that accident.