St. Landry

Apr 6, 2012 11:56 PM by Maddie Garrett

Roughly 200 Gather for Opelousas Teens' Rosary

Opelousas Catholic School students Sarah Jarrell and Morgan Adams remain at Lafayette General Medical Center in critical condition as of late Friday night. They were seriously injured in a car crash Thursday on Highway 182 near Montgomery Road.

Despite unconfirmed reports on the girls' conditions, LGMC hospital officials said they remain in the Intensive Care Unit. Those close to the families said the situation is serious.

In order to offer up much needed support, roughly 200 people gathered at Opelousas Catholic School for a rosary around 3:30 Friday afternoon. Through tears and embraces, students, parents and faculty sent up prayers for the two teens.

"We lean on each other, we have proven time and time again that we come through all of these things but it takes its toll," said Opelousas Catholic School Principal Perry Fontenot.

Fontenot said Jarrell and Adams were spirited students. They are both juniors, cheerleaders and at the top of their class, Fontenot said their futures were bright.

"Just in a matter of moments all those dreams are wiped away," said Fontenot.

The aftermath of the accident is especially difficult for the girls' friends and classmates.

"It's just hard going to school wednesday and not seeing them there, prom's in a few weeks, it's just really sad," said friend Gabi Semien.

But despite the solemn mood of Friday's rosary, bright spots came through as friends also celebrated Jarrell and Adams.

"Sarah, she was just someone who was always there for you no matter what. She always had open ears, ready to listen to you. And Morgan, anytime you were down she was goofy, there always to make you laugh, anything," said Semien.

Fontenot said there will be another rosary for the two girls Wednesday morning at 8:00 am at St. Landry Catholic Church. He said anyone is welcome to attend.

Again, KATC is waiting on official updates from State Police on Jarrell's and Adams' conditions.



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