MINOOKA – In a sea of red shirts and glowing flames, friends and family of Madison Angus listened Thursday night to those who loved her share their thoughts and memories at Minooka Community High School Central Campus during a candlelight vigil.
“She was so unique, honest, loving and caring,” her little sister, Meghan, said to the crowd. “Madison was loved by everyone who laid eyes on her, even though she didn’t know that.”
The grassroots effort was put together by her friends, Haley McCabe, Carly Larsen, Natalie Yard, Tara Babic and Brenna Perinar who all graduated with Angus from Minooka High School on May 18.
Angus, 18, died in a car crash Monday night. Her 2005 Pontiac G6 had been traveling west on Tryon Street when she lost control a quarter-mile north of Pawnee Lane on her way home from work.
“We thought it was the appropriate thing to do, to honor her and get all of her friends together,” Larsen said.
McCabe told the crowd how she first met Angus when they were in fourth grade, and Angus was the “new girl”.
“I guess fourth grade is a good place to begin. Our teacher made us take Madison under our wings,” she said. “I can’t thank that teacher enough.”
She said Angus’ family became her family and even when she was just 9, Angus had her life planned out.
“She was an 18-year-old trapped in a 9-year-old’s body,” McCabe said. “She had plans for us to move to an apartment in Chicago.”
“The memories are endless,” she continued.
Yard told the tear-filled crowd that Madison was the epitome of a good friend.
They shared good times as well, like the favorite moment when Angus scored a touchdown during her junior year Powder Puff game.
The crowd laughed at times, and sobbed at others as people took turns reminiscing about Angus’ life and how it touched theirs.
Sheila Angus, her oldest little sister, promised to do her best for her two younger sisters, and thanked the people for coming out.
“I look around and see people she talked about. I’m sad because she was a bad driver, I’m happy because you all came out to support us,” she said. “I will do my best for my two younger sisters. I know it wasn’t just me who lost her. We all lost her.”
Michael Sayles, Carley Deddo and Morgan Majetic decided to help the family with funeral expenses by selling red T-shirts and tank tops that say “You Had Me At Roll Tide” on the front, paying homage to the University of Alabama where Angus was to attend this fall. The back has a capital A and says “In Loving Memory of Madison C. Angus” along with her date of birth and date of death on the back.
“Carley and Morgan had the idea once we realized how expensive a funeral would be,” Sayles said. “We wanted to help the family.”
He said they hope to raise enough money to cover half of the funeral expenses for the family.
“Madison was a good friend of mine. We wanted to make it as easy for the family as possible,” Deddo said. “Madison was the most giving, selfless person I know. She would do it for anyone else.”
In addition to selling the shirts, they plan on ordering wrist bands, with the proceeds going to the family.
Friends also took a collection for the family for anyone who wanted to donate.
Shirts are still available to order over the phone with a credit card or in person at Sharp Sports in Shorewood, 815-729-9509.