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Dozens gather Monday night to honor life of Norris student killed in crash

March 20, 2018 GMT

A “Donate Life” flag fluttered in the brisk breeze outside Bryan West Campus on Monday evening, a tribute to Brianna Titterington.

Titterington’s family announced the flag-raising ceremony hours earlier, following the Norris High School junior’s death after a crash Sunday morning.

“We would like to give life in our most tragic, sorrowful moment,” the family wrote in a news release shared by school officials.

“Brianna was the most amazingest,” a younger sibling said of Titterington.

“She is and always will be,” Eric Jensen, Brianna’s stepfather, replied.

Monday evening, about 100 friends and family members gathered at the hospital to celebrate her life.

“This is such a gift,” said R.J. Coburn, a hospital chaplain. “Not only does Brianna live on through the donation of her organs, but the hearts and minds of those who are here.”

Friends and family shared prayers and memories of Titterington, 17, outside the hospital.

Those who spoke remembered Titterington as a smiling girl, always ready to make someone laugh.

“Brianna and I met on O Street one night,” said Amelia Ambroz. “I would have never thought she would be my best friend when she came into my life.”

Titterington was active in her school and the Lincoln community. She had worked at Lost in Fun, a south Lincoln amusement center, for two years and was a beloved member of its team, said Monica Lieske, her supervisor.

“She was amazing. People loved her in whatever she did,” Lieske said. “We cannot be more proud.”

Titterington died Monday afternoon, a day after she was involved in a head-on crash on Saltillo Road west of 60th Street.

The crash was reported at 9:23 a.m. Sunday, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner.

Titterington, of nearby Roca, was driving a vehicle that collided with one driven by Gene Hagstrom of Lincoln.

Hagstrom, 60, sustained minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Wagner said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

A memorial service for Titterington will be scheduled at a later date.