KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hearts are hurting for a Knoxville family and those in the Christian radio community. They’re mourning the tragic loss of Hannah Eimers, 17, killed in a car wreck on Monday.
Investigators say the crash happened on I-75 in McMinn County around 6 a.m. Eimers’s car went off the road and into a guardrail. Since then, her family, friends, and coworkers have been finding ways to honor her memory.
Hannah Eimers’s father, Stephen Eimers, says she was the oldest of nine children and had a servant’s heart. Hosts at WKXV Radio AM 900 are pausing throughout songs, holding moments of silence for their coworker. Words can’t seem to describe how they’re feeling.
“We just really miss her,” said Ted Lowe, the general manager at WKXV Radio AM 900.
At just 17 years old, Hannah Eimers was just beginning her career at the gospel radio station.
“She trained for like a week or so and then she took off like she had been doing it for years. She was just very sharp,” said Lowe.
Many of Hannah Eimers’ friends and family members say she was sweet, talented and an extraordinary young woman.
“Her heart was for one, God, and two the disenfranchised and orphans,” said her father Stephen Eimers.
The Eimers family is relying on faith right now. While coworkers at WKXV Radio AM 900 have lit a candle and find ways to honor Hannah Eimers’s life, they’re remembering her kindness and compassion.
“Just a very good example of what a Christian should be,” added Lowe.
Hannah Eimers’s family is hoping the way she lived, inspires others to live the same way.
“I’d like to see her spiritual heart, this heart for one God, and two the orphan, not transplanted into one person but transplanted into 10,000 people,” said Stephen Eimers.
Hannah’s father says she was a brilliant teenager. She started at Pellissippi State Community College at 15. Friends at the college created a memorial for her on campus this week. They plan on giving the flowers and notes to her family on Saturday.
The Eimers family is holding a service for Hannah at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville. The community is invited to attend. The church is located at 11704 Kingston Pike.