Family of teen girl killed in crash in Ashford talking about tragedy

CREATED Feb. 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb. 7, 2012

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CAMPBELLSPORT- 16-year-old Katie Berg was one of 3 girls killed in a car crash in the town of Ashford and TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke with her family Tuesday.

Over the past few days, people are trying and truly rallying around the nine families forever changed by that deadly crash.

Grandmother Dolores Jandre and the family of 16-year-old Katie Berg are doing the best they can.  Collages of happy memories now adorn the living room -- where Katie and eight other girls were set to have a slumber party last weekend.

"When we got to the hospital and I saw her, I knew the hope was gone," said Dolores Jandre.  "These were nine girls having a good time.  They loved each other. They did things together.  Katie is the type of girl that everyone can love."

Berg and two other girls didn't survive the crash. More are still fighting for their lives.  The girl's grandfather told TODAY'S TMJ4 the teen was able to give the gift of life upon her passing.

"She donated all her organs - Katie did.  I think other people got them already," said Kenneth Jandre.

At the scene of the crash, three new crosses line the roadside -- constructed by students and family as a tribute.

Perfect strangers stopped to pay their respects, even decorate the memorial.

Just down the road at Campbellsport High School, more support for the teens and their families.  Letters on the girls' lockers and notes scrawled on banners for the entire school to see.

School Principal Kristen Langer told TODAY'S TMJ4, "We talked about how great they all did, and how important it is that they reach out for each other."

It's that type of support that's holding Campbellsport together.  Pink and purple ribbons along main street, signs assuring residents and families they'll get through tough times.

"It's just amazing.  The outpouring of calls and family and friends. It was almost overwhelming, in a good way," said Barb Henningsen, Katie Berg's aunt.

TODAY'S TMJ4 also spoke with many of the other families affected by this.  They wanted to pass along their thanks for support.

Visitation for the three teens will take place in the gym at Campbellsport High School on Thursday.  School will be let out early so students can attend.