Fundraiser underway to support family of late NKU student, create memorial

Fundraiser underway to build memorial in honor of late NKU student

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Students at Northern Kentucky University are raising money for a memorial that would be built in honor of a young woman who was killed in a car crash.

Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputies say Allyson “Ally” Davis, 21, died on Monday morning after she was in a crash involving a semi-truck on I-75.

“For the most part, everyone, me included, it just kind of feels like a bad dream, a bad dream right now,” Alexander Slade, a friend of Davis, said.

Slade says he met Davis at NKU, where they became fast friends. Before her death, Davis was preparing for her senior year at the school, studying musical theater.

Those who knew Davis best describe her as a natural star who was destined to do big things.

“She was amazingly talented, hilarious, smart, loving person, and she touched so many lives,” Slade said.

Davis’s friends say her laughter was contagious, and that when she wasn’t cracking a joke, she was spreading love and light.

Many of Davis’s loved ones, Slade says, are trying to come to terms with their heartbreaking new reality. One student group, the Center Stage Players, is already working on ways to honor Davis.

Members of the group have launched a fundraiser through GoFundMe to raise money for Davis’ family and for an NKU memorial to be built in Davis’s honor.

“There have been talks of doing a mural, commissioning artists, maybe sectioning off a piece of the school, a room or something, to dedicate to her for people who need like a safe space or somewhere to go for themselves,” Slade said.

Although Slade knows that creating something in Davis’s memory will not bring her back, he believes it is another way her voice will live on.

“It just came as such a huge shock, but everyone came together at once because I mean she was such a light to all of us, and she brought us together when she was alive, and we have to do the same now,” Slade said.

There will be a memorial service for Ally Saturday in Prestonburg, Kentucky. A candlelight vigil is scheduled to take place there Sunday.

More than $9,000 has been raised through the GoFundMe.

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