Wilson’s family remembers smiling daughter, sister

Hannah and Haleey Wilson 6
She was preparing to graduate in two weeks with a degree in Psychology, but instead her family is preparing her funeral. (Photo provided by the Wilson family)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Hannah Wilson is being remembered as a lively, energetic and nice person.

The type of person anyone could get along with.

Her family is preparing for Saturday’s funeral, together

“I can’t imagine doing this alone,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, Hannah’s father.

The family is grieving by looking through pictures of Hannah, smiling, laughing.

“It starts with me. If I’m down and sad as my other daughter would say depressed, dark and gloomy then everyone else is too. As long as I hold up, everyone else will too,” said Dr. Wilson.

He’s standing up for a daughter who he still talks about in the first person.

“Do I? I guess I do,” he said. “I always will. She’s always here and I said that the other day, even though she’s gone, she’s still with us.”

When asked if he’s had time to grieve, he says he has but remains in a happy place

“Every time I start to go there it clicks right back from ‘oh my god, I can’t believe this happened’ to ‘ok what can we do with this to make it so much greater than anyone as ever imagined.’ Then you turn around to turn this into the most absolute best thing that ever happened.  I know it’s hard for people to understand and it is until you go through it,” said Dr. Wilson.

The family also includes a younger sister, Haley. Haley is graduating from high school in a few weeks and she’s following in her big sisters steps, by going to Indiana University.

But despite knowing what happened to her sister, she and her dad say they’re looking forward to the road ahead, and the time at IU.

“It happened to her and it could’ve happened to her in a parking garage, said Haley Wilson. “It could’ve happened anywhere and I don’t think it’s IU’s fault, or her fault and I’m not scared and I’m actually so freaking excited to go to IU,” said Haley.

“I have no problem with her [Haley] going down there. This could happen in a grocery store. If someone want to get you, they’ll get you,” said Dr. Wilson.

Hannah was set to graduate next weekend with a degree in a psychology.

Hannah’s “Celebration of Life” begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Fishers High School. It’s open to the public. If you come, the family is asking you wear anything but black.

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