A permanent memorial honoring the lives of two Warwick High School students killed in a car accident last October will be dedicated at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lititz on Sunday.
Two benches framing a concrete patio, with a dogwood tree and perennials in the middle, were built to the left of the church’s entrance, according to Doug Minnich, project lead.
The church at 200 W. Orange St. established a makeshift memorial for Meghan Keeney, 17, and Jack Nicholson, 16, immediately after the accident. The memorial stood for six months with flowers and messages from the community adorning it.
On Easter Sunday, St. Paul senior Pastor the Rev. Robert Myallis announced on Facebook that the church was building a permanent replacement for the temporary memorial.
According to Myallis, the church wanted to create a structure that could be easily maintained and could not be damaged or cracked.
Keeney and Nicholson were passengers in a car driven by Rylan Beebe, 17. The trio had just exited Warwick High School when a car driven by Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63, allegedly hit several vehicles, went airborne and struck their car in the 200 block of West Orange Street.
Slaymaker-Walker, of Mount Joy, has been charged with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses.
Beebe was hospitalized with serious injuries and later returned home to recover.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. and will include prayers, a hymn, the chance for Jack and Meghan’s families to speak and the families planting a shrub by the memorial, Myallis said in an email. The dedication is open to the public.