Bishop Kelley Senior Laid To Rest

Wednesday, April 8th 2009, 6:16 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Saying goodbye to Kaitlyn Finnegan.  The 18-year-old Bishop Kelley senior was shot and killed Saturday night.  While Tulsa Police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened, Kaitlyn was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Kaitlyn's friends and family members poured into Saint Pius Church to pay their final respects to the slain teen.  She was remembered as a loving, caring daughter and friend.

That's how loved ones have been describing her all week.

"Kaitlyn wanted to help anybody, whether they had money or they didn't. If they were having a bad time, Kaitlyn was there to make it all better," said Kaitlyn's father Jim Finnegan.

"You saw her in the hall, and she'd be like hey Kate. We had the same name, and that was our thing.  She was always happy and smiling," said Bishop Kelley senior Kaitlyn Clarke.

Kaitlyn was a star soccer player at Bishop Kelley.

Besides playing sports, she was a big fan of them, and rooted for the Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals.

She also loved animals and volunteered at the German Shepherd Rescue.

After graduation, she had planned to attend TCC and transfer to OSU.

Following the funeral, dozens of cars followed the funeral procession to Floral Haven Cemetery, where Kaitlyn was laid to rest.  The ceremony offered everyone a final opportunity to say goodbye to a friend and loved one taken too soon.

Donations can still be made to the Kaitlyn Finnegan Memorial Fund at any Bank of Oklahoma branch.

Kaitlyn's friend and Jenks student, Theo Fleming, was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder.  His lawyer says Saturday's shooting was an accident.        

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