Jan 152011
 

Candles, memories, music and dance marked a vigil for Mariah Woods at Xavier University Preparatory Friday night. Woods was home from Northwestern State University for the holidays when a suspect in a drug case fleeing from police caused a crash at the intersection of Freret and Milan streets that killed her.

Mariah Woods' high school graduation photo sits next to candles lit at a vigil for her at Xavier University Preparatory Friday night. Woods graduated last year from the school. She was very dedicated to journalism and education and aspired to become a journalist, according to Principal Carolyn Oubre. Students at the school got together and raised money for the Mariah Woods Book Scholarship that will be given out at the end of the year awards ceremony and recognized at graduation. The students have already raised $308.12 towards the scholarship fund. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Members of the Woods' family have a moment of silence at the vigil Friday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

"Mariah was one of my best friends, well really more like a sister, we shared some amazing times together," said Jonquil Poret. "She was caring, compassionate, outgoing , humorous and understanding." (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Attendees look at images of Mariah Woods with her friends and family during a Power Point Presentation at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alisha Woods, mother of Mariah Woods, wipes a tear from her eye at a vigil for her daughter Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A liturgical dance by Aslynn Harrison at the Vigil Friday evening. "An Angel has been given a new set of wings," said Enchante Franklin, of What About Us, an organization that comes to areas where catastrophic things occur to help the community, while speaking at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An image of Mariah Woods during a Power Point Presentation at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Principal Carolyn Oubre comforts family and friends at a vigil for Mariah Woods at Xavier University Preparatory Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alisha Woods and Mark Woods, parents of Mariah Woods, hold a lit candle next to her high school graduation photo at a vigil for her Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A members of the Woods' family during a moment of silence at the vigil Friday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Deputy Chief Marlon Defillo holds a candle during the vigil for Mariah Woods Friday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends and family comfort one another at a vigil for Mariah Woods at Xavier University Preparatory Friday evening. Woods graduated from the school last year. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

MeiLani Turner, 4, holds a candle at the vigil for Mariah Woods Friday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Around 300 students, faculty, family and friends attended the vigil for Mariah Woods Friday evening at Xavier University Preparatory. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A t-shirt reading, "In loving memory of Mariah Woods Class of 2010 Basketball Manager" sits next to candles at the vigil Friday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

  3 Responses to “Mariah Woods Vigil (Photo Gallery)”

  1. I’m a new resident to NOLA; live across the street from the Chapman family.
    That evening with your daughter and her friends should not have turned out that way.
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    I share in your loss.

    Ed

  2. To the Family of Mariah Woods,

    I am a former prep student. Athough I didn’t know Mariah, i cried and i feel everyone’s pain. Prep is praying that you all recover from your loss.

  3. Mariah was in my English III, in my homeroom and in my civics class during her senior year; in fact, she sat in the same chair for every class. She was a good student, and she stood-out in her civics class. She stood out because she had strong, well, thought-out concerns about issues that were going on in her community; she expressed her ideas with much conviction. Mariah was a bright light in a world of ideas. Indeed, it was a pleasure serving as one of Mariah’s teachers.

    God bless the Woods family,

    Lisa DeCuire-Brown

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