KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A handmade memorial for a Kanawha County student killed in a car accident is missing.
Seventeen-year-old Cody Perdue was killed in October in a crash on MacCorkle Avenue near Marmet.
The driver of the other car, 18-year-old Mason Roush, also was killed.
Perdue was a Riverside High School student who also studied plumbing technology at Carver Career and Technical Education Center.
Students there spent two days constructing an 8-foot cross to honor his memory. They signed it and had it placed at the site of the crash.
But Tuesday night, the memorial was reported missing -- leaving the teens who made it heartbroken.
"We're just devastated that it was taken and we never saw it coming," said Chaz Davis, a friend.
Plumbing technology teacher Jimmy Halstead agrees.
"We don't know if it was an accidental thing, if someone did it to be mean," he said. "We just want to see it returned."
A smaller version of the cross still stands above the classroom door. It's signed by all of Perdue's classmates, just like its larger counterpart.
Friends like Cody Hackney know they'll always have the smaller cross, but are praying for the large one to be recovered.
"Every time I drove by, it brought back good memories," he said. "To know that he's looking down on us and in a better place now."
If the cross isn't returned, students say they plan to work on a new one to replace it.
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