Friends gather to remember Phoebus grad who died in hiking accident
Hampton, Va.–With tie-dye shirts on,Caitlin Kremp’s friends went to the Phoebus fields she dominated just a year ago to remember and celebrate the 18-year-old’s life.
“A colorful person,” said friend Lauren Beckner.
For a girl who loved tie-dye, Kremp personified her favorite style: Artsy, creative and fun.
“She was so bubbly. You could be crying your eyes out, and she would just poke you until you would just laugh,” said friend Marley Crockett.
Kremp loved nature. She died doing what she loved on Tuesday. She was hiking in Colorado.
“She’s just one in a million, truly one in a million,” said Phoebus High Athletic Director Deonna Brown.
Saying her résumé was impressive is an understatement. She was a straight A student who was team captain of the field hockey and soccer team.
“She was always a great leader and everyone loved Caitlin,” said her coach Kim Peele. “We looked forward to seeing her every day.”
It wasn’t her grades or her goals that brought the people out to remember her, but her generosity and charity.
“She loves to give to others,” Peele said.
As the sun faded and the candlelight became stronger, the reality of Caitlin’s death seemed to weigh heavier on her friends.
The person they want to give them a smile or a laugh just when they needed it the most is gone forever.
“You can’t see the hole that’s there because she’s gone,” Brown said.
“She got me through everything. I could go to her about anything, no judgment. She was always there,” said Crockett.