Family and friends of Samantha Marie Rogers are in mourning after her tragic death Friday morning, March 21st just blocks from her high school.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Mark L. Smith, Rogers was driving southbound on West Virginia Route 62 when she crossed the northbound lane and went off the road near a Toyota Motors plant entrance. Her car then struck a ditch and rolled over onto its roof. A memorial of crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the location where Samantha lost her life.

"It appears she lost control, and ran off the roadway," says Smith. "She was partially ejected. Putnam County medical personnel declared her dead at the scene."

According to Chief Deputy Stan Booth, "Indications are that she was not wearing a seat belt." He also confirmed that Rogers' bright red 1997 Dodge Neon rolled over during the accident.

Rogers was an 18-year-old senior at Buffalo High School and a member of the cheerleading squad. She was known for her bright smile.

Ed Conner snapped Samantha's senior pictures and her cheerleading photo. "She was very vibrant, fun-loving, and a nice young lady to be around. She always had a smile for everybody and seemed to enjoy life," he recalls.

Principal Richard Grimm was not available for comment, however, a school secretary confirmed that a "grief team" was on campus to counsel students. School was not dismissed early, she says.

"It is a terrible tragedy for her family, the school and community," says Putnam County Schools Spokesperson Karen S. Nowviskie. "It's something that affects everyone because Putnam County Schools are like a family and the community and the school system are so close-knit affects everyone... From everything I've heard she was beautiful inside and out."

Out of respect during their time of grief, will not be contacting Samantha's family or any Buffalo students. We also are not publishing any photos of the accident. However we invite her friends and family to submit their memories and photos of her. We will publish them at the end of this story as they are submitted.

Saturday, the day after Samantha's death, BHS students were cleaning up the front of the school. was told this was a private situation of mourning, so we honored a request not to take photos or ask questions of her classmates and friends.

"This is something that our students do," says Buffalo Band Director Mark Hopkins. "They have always done a school cleanup in case the parents want to visit or hold a ceremony. It's also very therapeutic."

In addition to Buffalo High School, Rogers also attended the Putnam County Career and Technical Center where she was receiving training to become a nurse.

Samantha attended the Elizabeth Baptist Church, Bancroft and was employed at the Buffalo Foodking as a cashier.