A large crowd is expected to gather Saturday night at the South Gwinnett High School baseball field to honor and remember two Snellville women known for being free spirits and loving everyone.
That’s how one aunt described her niece, Olivia Cox, 22, and friend Megan Smith, 23, two 2011 South Gwinnett graduates who were killed in a car crash in Athens last month. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. and a host of speakers are expected to share their memories of the women.
Cox was buried in South Georgia, but her aunt, Angie Dill, said a gathering like this was needed.
“We knew that the kids up here needed a chance to say goodbye and share in the grief together,” she said.
It’s at the baseball field because Dill said Cox and Smith each loved being outside, and were “flower children.”
Cox was a bat girl for the South program, and a friend who played there helped set up the event.
“The whole thing is inspirational,” Dill said. “Both of the girls were Christian and loved the Lord, and weren’t afraid to share that. It’s just a chance that my sister believes out of this will come changed lives.”
Cox was a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, while Smith was a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Cox studied marketing and had a deep love for photography. She worked for the X Games in Colorado and enjoyed it so much, and combined with her love for nature, she returned to Georgia to pursue marketing.
In an email last week to the GGC community, President Stas Preczewski said Cox was enrolled in the School of Business pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He said counselors were available, and, “our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time, and also for her Grizzly family.”