Music filled the air in Cuttingsville Thursday evening, as friends and family of Carly Ferro waited for the sun to set. When it did, they filled the night sky with floating lanterns in her memory.
"She's definitely missed," said friend and former Rutland High School classmate Leigh-Anna Laplante; "always remembered," echoed her friends by Laplante's side.
As the floating lanterns rose, Carly's friends found inspiration in their shape, especially her love of the links. "They formed a heart, and they formed a golf club at one point," said friend and former classmate Baylee Thompson, "so I thought it was really special."
Ferro died exactly one year ago, when a car accident pinned her between another vehicle and the store where she worked. "I remember it every day; I still think about it," said Thompson.
The driver at fault remains behind bars awaiting trial. Investigators say Alex Spanos huffed aerosol spray only moments prior to blacking out and causing the fatal accident.
Carly's father Ron suffered injuries of his own in the crash. Doctors heavily medicated him for his pain in following days, leaving him with only a foggy memory of his beloved daughter's funeral.
"He genuinely needs to send Carly on her way with a clear head in his own way, and this is his way tonight" said ceremony organizer Pennie Johnson.
Johnson says Carly never met anyone who didn't ultimately become a friend. "She's leaving us with a legacy of laughter that will live on and I hope everyone takes that to heart and remembers that," added Johnson.
Friends say the wound from losing Carly's contagious smile and laugh may never heal. But, they say they treasure an electronic recording made in school of one of her final chuckles before the fatal accident that fateful day last year.
Spanos - the driver charged with Ferro's death - has a mid-October court date, but a trial date has not been set.
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