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Best friend remembers South Elgin teen killed in car crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tonight we learn more about two teenage girls who attended South Elgin High School.

She tragic died in an accident on the way to school.

For the first time we hear from a friend of one of the girls. She spoke with CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza.

“She was the kind of girl anyone could talk to. For example, if you don’t know her, you can go up to her and say, ‘Hey, I’m having a bad day. Can I talk to you for a second?’ second?'”

Danielle Nelson lost one of her best friends: 16-year-old Talulay Henry.

Henry was nicknamed Yuyu. The two met at South Elgin High School.

“I was out for a walk, and I didn’t really have any friends at the time. So I just walked into the bathroom and just sat in front of the mirror,” said Nelson. “She just looked at me and said, ‘Your eyes are beautiful. What’s your name? Who are you.’

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She said it was an instant friendship.

“She was my new best friend,” said Nelson.

On Thursday morning, Henry was in the car with three other girls on the way to school. The driver of the car refused to budge as it made a left turn, police said, as it collided with a semi-truck.

Henry died, as did another student in the car, 17-year-old Kammora Campbell.

The other two students, including the driver, survived, as did the truck driver.

It was in the third period when Nelson found out.

“I called Yuyu first because I thought it was a joke. And I thought, why don’t you answer?”

One of Yuyu’s sisters confirmed the unimaginable. Nelson ran to the dean’s office.

“It was like ten consultants with thirty people sobbing in one room.”

She is still waiting for news of her friend’s funeral. The Bartlett Police Department had no further updates.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our South Elgin High School has suffered a great loss. Celebrate South Elgin High…

Posted by School District U-46 on Thursday, August 31, 2023

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