NY’s Baldwinsville St. Mary’s Church near Baldwinsville was crowded with Ava Wood’s friends, colleagues, and classmates on Sunday night for a religious service & candlelight vigil in memory of the 14-year-old.
For the hour-long memorial ceremony for Woods, who’d been discovered shot to death Friday morning inside a home on Triangle Place alongside her father, Christopher Wood, 51, young people packed the pews and the altar.
According to the police, Christopher Wood murdered his daughter with a gun before killing himself in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
Many more of Ava’s Durgee High School classmates attended the service and shared their thoughts about her.
She was shown as a cheerful young lady who may be competitive on and off the soccer pitch but who always showed consideration for others.
The front pews were occupied by her soccer colleagues, who were clad in team jerseys. More than a thousand individuals viewed the service on the church’s webcast.
One Classmate Recalled Memories
One classmate recalled how they always caught up on one other’s lives when they were together. “Seeing her was always an experience I looked forward to.”
According to her coaches and friends, Ava, a 9th, was well-liked, outgoing, and belonged to a small group of close pals.
Friends and instructors said she was a natural at soccer and track. She played soccer for the junior varsity squad.
According to the authorities, Ava shared the Triangle Place house with her father. Her parents had split up.
Ava’s mother, Heather Wood, thanked the Baldwinsville town for its “amount of love” in a message she released on Saturday.
Please keep sharing pictures and condolences to Ava, Ava’s friends, teachers, and teammates were asked, she stated.
We recognize the affection you have already shown her and our families, and she adored every single one of you.