Loved ones of LilliAnne Faulk met outside of Sullivan Hall Sept. 28 for a candlelight vigil in her honor.
Faulk, 20, a freshman art major of Nicholasville, passed away on Sept. 23 from injuries sustained in a one-car automobile accident that occurred on Union Mill Rd. outside of Jessamine County. Faulk was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vigil was organized by Faulk’s friend Robert Miller, a freshman aviation management major from Florence who knew Faulk for only two months, but made fast friends with her.
The ceremony started at sunset on the lawn of Sullivan Hall, where Faulk lived during her two months at EKU. Before the service, guests had the opportunity to remember Faulk by looking over pictures that were laid out. The pictures showed Faulk in several different stages of her life including baby and grade school pictures, prom and dance pictures and photos of her and her family visiting the zoo.
During the service, some of the guests, including Miller, took turns telling stories of their time with Faulk and recalling their memories of her.
Faulk was a long-time dancer and was training to teach yoga. Loved ones who posted their condolences on social media described Faulk as an “inspiration” and a “free and bold spirit.”
“She was one of the very few people on this earth who could fill any room with laughter and a sense of happiness just by her presence,” Miller said in his address at the vigil.
Miller recounted a story of Faulk being there for him after his grandmother passed away earlier this month by texting often to check on him.
“She would check just to make sure I was doing okay and that if I needed anything she was there for me,” Miller said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more dear friend.”
Raesta Boggs, a freshman from Nicholasville and Faulk’s lifelong friend and roommate, also spoke during the service.
“She is an irreplaceable energy in my world and in the world of everyone she ever met,” Boggs said.
Faulk’s family attended the memorial, including her parents, Troy Faulk and Jennifer Faulk from Nicholasville, her younger brother, Caleb Faulk and her grandfather, Bob Brown.
“She was so young,” Troy Faulk said. “It’s just such a freak accident. It’s hard not to say it was senseless, but God has His purpose.”
Faulk said his daughter was strong at a young age, and based on things she’d mentioned, he was confident the memorial service was how she would have wanted to be honored.