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Gathering to Remember New Jersey Teen Killed in Chain-Reaction Crash

A girl who would have started her freshman year of high school this year will be laid to rest this week instead after she died following a car crash in South Jersey.

Friends and family will gather Sunday to remember Mainland Regional High School's Aisling Cooke.

The 14-year-old died days after the car she was traveling in was struck during a chain-reaction crash along Route 40 in Hamilton Township last Saturday.

A viewing is set for Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows in Linwood, New Jersey. A second viewing will be held Monday morning with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m.

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial service for the teenage soccer player who after she died Wednesday..

Cooke and five other teenage girls -- all soccer players at Mainland Regional High School -- were traveling through Hamilton Township Saturday morning to compete in a charity tournament when a pickup truck crossed the center line of Route 40 and struck a box truck, which then collided with a Volkswagen Jetta that was carrying the high schoolers, according to investigators.

Cooke was placed on life support following the crash. The other girls were treated and released from a hospital.

The deadly crash remains under investigation and no summonses have been issued.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Cooke's number will be retired for four years.

Cooke's death came a little more than three years after the Mainland Regional High School community mourned the loss of four other students. The teen boys -- all football players -- were killed when a sports utility vehicle overturned on the Garden State Parkway in August 2011.

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