TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In the midst of tragedy, community and family members are honoring the life of a local 15 year old girl.
Chloe Carroll was shot and killed on July 23. Weeks later, Carrol’s family celebrated her life at one of her favorite childhood places, the Wigwam.
However, fireworks and free skating were just a small part of a bigger message, putting an end to gun violence among kids.
“She smiled continuously, she liked making new friends. At her visitation, over 300 kids called Chloe their best friend, she just never knew a stranger,” Kurt Carroll, Chloe’s father said.
More information about what happened on July 23 can be found through the link below.
Carroll adds that his daughter never liked to see him sad, that’s one of the many driving factors in his mission to raise more awareness about the dangers of gun violence.
“We also want to celebrate her life through this. We want to build a legacy for her. I don’t want to see any more young people be a victim to gun violence.” Carroll stated.
That’s when the Wigwam was chosen. Chloe was described as a frequent visitor throughout her young life.
Wigwam President, Robert Kramer says he immediately agreed to the idea of celebrating her life.
“This represents to the Carroll family that she was deeply loved, I think the attendance will speak for itself. I remember Chloe being here as a kid and always being so happy. This is situation has been heartbreaking and senseless.” Kramer said.
Families and friends were able to skate with free admission for several hours. The first 80 people to arrive had their skates paid for thanks to sponsors.
Above all, Carroll hopes today served as a way to send a message.
“Violence against teens, that’s what we are really out here for. It’s very hard to lose a child at that young age. I have an empty space in my heart.” Carroll added.
Chloe Carroll is the second 15 year old to be shot and killed this summer in the Wabash Valley.