Student involved in head-on vehicle collision dies

Herald Staff

Landon Lovett, the Benton freshman who has been in a medically induced coma since a Memorial Day car crash, died yesterday, according to Alex LeForge, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority’s president.

Lovett was a member of AOPi. The sorority helped raise money to Lovett’s family with hospital bills while she was in critical condition, with functions such as a jewelry fundraiser.

People in Lovett’s hometown of Benton also showed support for her by holding prayer services and fundraisers. This included a benefit concert on June 10 at Marshall County High School for Lovett and Shane McKenty, another passenger injured in the accident, which raised $34,347 for their families.

LeForge said there will be a visitation for Lovett from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center at Marshall County High School.

Another visitation will be from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow morning at Filbeck-Cann and King Funeral Home, followed by a visitation from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

The funeral will also be held at the Performing Arts Center at the high school at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The family asked everyone to bring something in remembrance of Lovett.

“They asked everyone to bring a picture or…a Christmas ornament that reminds them of Landon,” LeForge said.

The funeral will be followed by a reception in the high school cafeteria.

“All of her favorite refreshments will be served,” LeForge said.

LeForge said that someone in Marshall County has set up a fund for Lovett.

“People can just donate money or put money in her account and the family can use it for medical bills or funeral arrangements or whatever they may need,” LeForge said.

There was a talent show last Monday before Lovett died, put on by AOPi and Kappa Sigma fraternity, to raise money for Lovett.

“We raised almost $3,000 for her and her family and all of that went straight to her fund,” LeForge said.

LeForge also said there will be a ceremony lifting up floating lanterns and prayers next Wednesday at 9 p.m. called Lanterns for Landon.

Lanterns will be sold for this and to buy one, you can get in contact with LeForge or Hannah Simmons. It is $5 for a single lantern. If you buy five or more, each lantern is $3. Those proceeds go to Lovett’s family as well.

“Anyone is invited who would like to come out and pray with us,” LeForge said.

Glasgow junior Hannah Simmons is helping to organize the lantern ceremony.

“I think we’ve decided to do it behind FAC in the Colonnades,” Simmons said.

Simmons said she is meeting with LeForge soon to discuss plans and then they will know more about what exactly they are going to do.

The Herald will provide more information as it becomes available.