Lake City Remembers Zack Henry

"Zack had a great smile, just a great guy. He’s going to be missed for sure."

17-year-old Zack Henry died in a car crash last night.

Now those at his high school are trying to deal with the sudden loss.

Zack was a senior at Lake City High School.

Around 7 p.m. Monday night, police say the teen was driving on Lotan Road.

Investigators say he did not stop at a stop sign and was hit by a pickup truck crossing on Dickerson Road.

"He was just a giant teddy bear, very loving, very caring," says high school counselor and Dean of Students Nicole Richardson.

A small memorial now sits at the corner of Lotan and Dickerson roads.

A reminder of how much the lake city community loved Zack.

"Just a real compassionate kid, very gentle. He was a big guy but if you ever needed a hand with something Zack would come through," says principal Tim Hejnal.

Zack’s principal and counselor met with him just hours before the crash.

"We actually had a meeting yesterday planning his future. Zack’s a senior so he was really excited about this next chapter of his life. I feel like he had a very solid plan in place," says Hejnal.

Part of that plan was graduating this spring and serving our country.

"He has had hopes of going into the military. He’s very much interested in criminal justice and public safety so that was kinda the career pathway he was looking at," says Richardson.

"He really was upbeat, the best I think we’ve seen him in quite sometime. He really truly felt like he had a goal in place and felt like what he was shooting for was worth it," says Hejnal.

The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the crash while those who knew Zack share their favorite memories.

"Him coming into the office and giving hugs and making jokes. He would kinda of talk about ‘Oh I don’t want to be here’ and we’d give him heck and say yes you do and he really did," says Richardson.

Counseling services are available at the high school.

The viewing will be held on Friday at Youngs Funeral Home in Lake City from 2-5pm for the public.

The funeral is at 1pm on Saturday in the Lake City High School gym. 

A GoFundMe has also been set up to help the family.