Old classmates of Kristi Carpenter held a vigil on Sunday for her six-year-old daughter, Clara Carpenter, who passed away on Nov. 25 from a crash involving an alleged drunk driver.
The vigil was held at the Veterans Memorial at Albany High School. Around 30 people attended the vigil for Clara and the praise team from The River Church in Tickfaw provided worship music.
One of Carpenter’s classmates from Albany High School, Heather Boudreaux, organized the event to help support the Carpenter family as they grieve the loss of their daughter and recover from their injuries.
“Kristi has always been a very God-fearing woman, which is something we have always respected her for. We knew that prayer was all we could do right now, and we didn’t know if we would have it and two people show up or 500 people,” Boudreaux said.
After speaking with Sara Crutchfield, another classmate, Boudreaux decided to make a Facebook post to invite all of their old classmates to help support Kristi Carpenter.
“I made the Facebook post and I thought our classmates were going to share it around and maybe a couple of them would show up. The next thing I knew, people were coming up that I had never seen before,” Boudreaux said.
Kristi and Michael Carpenter were unable to attend the vigil since they are still recovering from multiple injuries from the car crash in the hospital, but they hoped their prayers would still comfort them.
Boudreaux says they felt inspired to come together in prayer for the family because they were all like family and because, “Kristi would do this for us.”
Crutchfield described Kristi as, “One of those people who brightens a room when she walks in. Anytime you would need prayer, she would stop what she was doing and pray for you. There have been several times that she would check in on me. My heart hurts for her and her family. This is the time that we will lift her up.”
She also quoted the bible verse Joshua 1:9.
The Carpenter family has repeatedly been described as a loving and “God-fearing” family.
“We watch the stories Kristi would always share of her and her silliness and how much Clara loved God. She wasn’t afraid of anyone. She would sing in church and that was very touching that this six-year-old little girl could be like ‘I’m hear for God and that is what it is’,” Boudreaux said.
On Friday Dec 2., they are asking everyone to wear purple or pink for “Clara’s Day” and to take and post a picture in their pink or purple attire with the hashtag “#justiceforclaracarpenter.”
Anyone who wishes to donate to help with medical bills and funeral costs to give Clara a proper funeral and burial service can donate HERE and anyone without Venmo can contact Jami Fooshee or Holli Edwards Gilmore.