Janie Queen died in car crash near the Church Road Bridge last week

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Jahsanti Davis spray-paints the Church Road Bridge with a message for his sister, Janie Queen, who died last week in a crash near the bridge.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM.

The Church Road Bridge permanently closed on Monday, but until its ultimate destruction, it will serve as a shrine to a young life lost too soon.

Friends and family came out to the bridge and painted messages on it for Janie Queen, who died Oct. 18 when the car she was driving left the service road in front of the bridge and plunged into Slocum Creek.

The crash happened just four days before the bridge’s scheduled closure. It will eventually be demolished with a new bridge constructed.

Flowers, candles and balloons had already been placed at the bridge, but with its closure on Monday, friends and family armed with spray paint came out to turn the concrete span into a memorial.

“Honestly, I just think it’s a good comfort zone and a healing place for us,” friend Katie Faulkner said. “It’s what Janie would have wanted. She wouldn’t want us to be sad.”

Candace Holden, a 2008 graduate of Havelock High School and co-worker with Queen at the Carolina Grill restaurant, came up with the idea. She then called a number of city, county and transportation officials before finally getting permission to paint the messages on the 88-year-old bridge.

“It means a lot. It’s their finally goodbyes since this is going to be torn down eventually,” Holden said. “I think she loves it, and it means a lot to the family as well. I think it’s nice. It’s beautiful. We all enjoyed it. … We all came together and we all did it. We all came together as one big family and showed our support.”

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