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Friends remember Varina Nurse killed in car accident


A daughter, sister, friend, and nurse. Melissa Haislip touched so many lives in different ways. Friends and family members are gathering on Saturday evening lighting candles in Melissa's honor.

Morgan Williams fought back tears as she recalled good times with her childhood friend. They met when they were just 3-years-old.

Morgan spoke with me this afternoon at Dorey Dog Park, a place she and Melissa shared most of their memories.

"We went to camp here when we were little, we took are dogs here, we walked, we hung out here," Morgan Williams said.

She says its hard to believe that after all the laughter, jokes, and tears. The young woman she called her sister is gone. She and her mother got the call early Thursday morning.

"My mom was in shock and I said, what's wrong, what's wrong? It was like two in the morning and she was like Melissa's gone and I was like you are lying that is not what's happening," Williams said.

Melissa graduated from Longwood University with a nursing degree. She soon started work at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. She was driving home from that job Wednesday evening on Old Osborne Turnpike.

A car heading north around a curb crossed into the lane of oncoming traffic and crashed into Melissa's car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She had so much going for her, new job she was doing great things with her life," Classmate Jessica Lockhart said.

Jessica Lockhart and Taylor Dix, both classmates of Melissa's from Longwood describe their friend as the life of the party. They visited the site of the accident this afternoon where a memorial for Melissa continues to grow.

Though she may be gone they say her legacy will live on through the many lives she saved and people she touched.

"She was a shoulder to cry on and if you were feeling down, she was always there for you," Classmate Taylor Dix said.

A Visitation will take place on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nelsen's Funeral Service.

The Funeral Service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at that same location.

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