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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The family of a Cedar Rapids teenager killed is calling her death unnecessary.

16-year old Shana Chavez died Friday night in an accident at the Theisen's parking lot on 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.

Loved ones are still searching for answers trying to figure out exactly what happened.

"I understand that it's an accident, but whoever the people who were involved in this I just wish they would come forward and say that they're sorry," said Chevelle Chavez, Shana's sister.

However, police told us Sunday afternoon, they aren't looking for anyone. They do tell KWWL that Shana was hanging on the back of a car when the accident happened.

Saturday, nearly 100 people gathered to remember the 16-year-old Washington High School student.

The vigil was filled with tears and lit candles, only visual signs of the pain.

"It feels like a part of me is missing, because I don't have her here with me anymore," said Kylie Pabst with tear-filled eyes. "I'm not going to have that anymore."

Pabst was Shana's best friends since fourth grade. She says she was beautiful inside and out.

"[She was] inspiring," said Audrianna Cleveland, another one of Shana's friends. "I don't know what I'm going to do without her, I have no idea."

The teenager was killed just minutes after getting off the clock at Theisen's - a job she just recently got.

"She got off work like 15 minutes and then you know, made one mistake," said Chavez.

Shortly after 9:30 Friday night, Cedar Rapids police got to the parking lot of Theisen's and found the 16-year-old with very serious injuries, she was rushed to the hospital and later died of her injures.

The teen's family and friends can only cling to each other, trying to keep the spirit of a country girl they say loved the outdoors and could make anyone smile with just one word.

"So we're all trying to be strong for her," said Chavez.

The family says they are faced with the burden of not having the money the pay for Shana's funeral expenses.

The family set up a go fund me page to help pay for the funeral costs.

After high school shana wanted to pursue a career in photography.

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