Grant community mourns the loss of impactful teen

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GRANT, Ala. (WHNT)-The Grant community is mourning the loss of a young woman who left an impact on all who knew her. 17-year-old Kristen Conn was killed in a head-on car crash late Friday night, just days before the start of the school year.

The town of Grant and beyond is having trouble processing the magnitude of the loss. Kristen was getting ready to enter her senior year, at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. Her school issued this statement.

"The DAR School family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students. We extend our sincerest sympathies to Kristen's family, friends and to the class of 2016 during this difficult time."

Kristen, affectionately known by her mom and loved ones as 'Krissy Pants' and as 'Pal' by her sister, was a girl who would give anything to help anybody in need.

"I've watched her help people, I've watched her do a lot of things. She was the sweetest, most kind hearted girl I have ever met in my life, and not just because she was mine, everybody knew it, that's what everybody says about her," says her mother Michelle Luna.

Her mother is devastated over the loss of her daughter. She says Kristen was texting at the time of the deadly crash, now she hopes parents learn from her story.

"If I had a message for any parent that's out there, it would be please talk to your kids about using your phone and texting when you're driving, it's just not worth it," adds Luna.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m., and the funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday afternoon; both in the Burkey Center Gym on the DAR campus. Kristen's family asks that if you attend, you bring a sharpie to leave kind words for the girl who loved all people.