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Hundreds Attend Memorial Service Honoring McDonald And Renteria Haist

KUCB Staff

Unalaska held an emotional memorial service last week for two teenagers killed May 9 in a car wreck on Mount Ballyhoo.

Hundreds of people gathered at the high school to honor late students Karly McDonald, 16, and Kiara Renteria Haist, 18 — and thousands more have viewed the event online.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel produced this audio postcard from the two-hour service, during which relatives, friends, and community members celebrated Karly's stubborn, spunky personality and Kiara's creative, inclusive character.

Digital copies of the entire service are available by calling KUCB's Lauren Adams at 581-1888 or emailing

Meanwhile, efforts to support the grieving families have surpassed their original fundraising goal. In 11 days, 400 donors have raised almost $64,000, which will help to fund funerals and family travel expenses.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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