A Sweetwater High School student passed away in a traffic accident early Thursday morning.
Emily Corona, 16, was on the way home with a friend when the car accident occurred, according to a GoFundMe page created by Sweetwater girls’ soccer coach Mallory Gruenenfelder. The page states Corona and a friend were coming back from picking up food.
Corona was a rising junior and soccer player at Sweetwater.
“There are no adequate words to describe the person Emily was and how tragic her loss is,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She had the most contagious smile and laugh, and was kind to everyone she met. She always had a positive attitude and outlook on life. She was a beloved daughter, a loving sister, and a loyal teammate and friend.
“To know Emily was to love her, as she greeted everyone she met with her beautiful smile and friendly personality. She was always making others laugh and was truly a joy to be around.”
Sweetwater Co-Athletic Director Jeremy Henderson offered his condolences for Corona’s passing.
“Heartbroken to learn of the tragic situation with losing a student-athlete at Sweetwater High School in Emily Corona,” Henderson said in a statement to The Advocate & Democrat. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”
Gruenenfelder also expressed her feelings regarding Corona’s passing.
“There are never the right words to say when someone is taken from this earth too soon,” Gruenenfelder wrote in a Facebook post, “and it’s nearly impossible to find the right words when describing someone as amazing as Emily Corona. Anyone that knew Emily knew how funny, kind, beautiful and full of life she was.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Emily as her coach for only a few short years, but felt like I knew her much longer. I will always remember how positive and happy she was. Emily had the most contagious laugh and the ability to make everyone around her feel her happiness and zest for life.
“I am absolutely heartbroken for everyone that was blessed enough to know her, because to know Emily was to absolutely love her. Please keep her friends and family in your thoughts as they go through this devastating loss. Rest easy, Emily. I love you and will miss you so much.”
Arrangements for Corona were set for Saturday through Tuesday.
Along with Gruenenfelder’s GoFundMe page, Sweetwater High School hosted a donation gathering for Corona’s family on Tuesday. Donations will be accepted.