Parents say Red Land senior killed in crash 'was a beautiful soul'


Patrick Groft said it seemed like his daughter, Emily Groft, was always carrying around one of the younger members of their family. She was always loving and caring for everybody.

She often went over to visit her grandparents, who lived five houses down the street, to make sure they were OK, he said.

But the family lost their nurturing caretaker Sunday night after the car she was riding in crashed into a tree in Fairview Township.

The 17-year-old was a senior at Red Land High School and lived in Lewisberry.

Bright future: Emily's mother, Malisa Madison of New Cumberland, said her daughter had a bright future ahead, planning to attend Messiah College after high school to pursue a nursing degree. Her desire to go into nursing stemmed from her love of kids, she said.

Emily also always loved animals, Madison said.

"I remember she was always trying to bring stray animals home when she was younger," the mother said.

"She just loved life and being around people," Madison said. "She was a beautiful soul."

In her free time, Emily listened to a lot of music and was a bookworm and enjoyed Netflix, Madison said. Favorites included "A Series of Unfortunate Events," "American Horror Story" and "Dexter."

Emily's funeral will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at Lewisberry United Methodist Church, 309 Market St., Lewisberry.

Burial will follow at Emanuel Cemetery in Fairview Township.

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