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Hailee Steinfeld Sings At The Vigil Of 16-Year-Old Long Island Fan Who Died In Go-Kart Crash

Hailee Steinfeld Sings At The Vigil Of 16-Year-Old Long Island Fan Who Died In Go-Kart Crash
3 months ago

Paying homage to the life of one of her New York fans on Wednesday night, Hailee Steinfeld, hit the stage at a candlelight vigil for 16-year-old Leah Kuczinski, who died recently in a tragic go-karting accident

Steinfeld, who was the teen’s favorite singer, was invited to the vigil via Twitter by Tiffany Salcedo, a teacher at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, which Kuczinski attended. Her tweet garnered over 1,900 retweets and within a couple of hours, contact with Steinfield's manager who said the Pitch Perfect 2 star would be there.

Kuczinski, who has also been remembered on a GoFundMe page as, “beautiful, kind hearted and caring individual,” was a sophomore cheerleader and field hockey player. Kuczinski's GoFundMe page which was started to help raise money to help her family cover her unexpected funeral expenses, has hit $90,000 overwhelming its modest goal of $15,000 boosted, no doubt, by Steinfeld fans and other online well-wishers. 

Friends and family in attendance at the vigil were touched by the generosity of the songstress:

Balloons can be seen (on a second Instagram video) being released at the vigil honoring Kuczinski, symbolic of her young spirit being released to fly free. 

Steinfeld, tweeted on Thursday sharing a photo of a lighted message board with the phrase “Fly High Leah” on it:


In a video on Newsday's website the 21-year-old, pop star and actress opens by thanking Kuczinski's friends and family for inviting her to be there and to perform before singing an acoustic version of her song, Starving:


 Thank you guys all so much for asking me to come here and honor Leah. You all had so many incredible things to say about her, I really would have loved to have met her. I know she was supposed to come to my show this summer, so I wanted to come here and sing a song for her.

H/T: Twitter, People Magazine, Newsday