Hailee Steinfeld Appears At Vigil For Fan To Deliver A Moving Tribute

"I know she’s smiling down and dancing because her idol was here."

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Stars taking time to send well wishes to ill fans or pay tribute to those who have passed away isn't a novel occurrence. Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, however, went the extra mile by appearing at a vigil for New Hyde Park Memorial High School sophomore Leah Kuczinski, who was killed in a go-kart crash at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla., on February 28. 


The "Most Girls" singer performed her 2017 hit "Starving" for Kuczinski's classmates, friends, family, and faculty of New Hyde Park Memorial, remarking on the teen's brief life. "You all had so many incredible things to say about her, I really would have loved to have met her," Steinfeld said, according to People. "I know she was supposed to come to my show this summer, so I wanted to come here and sing a song for her."

Steinfeld learned of the vigil after one of Kuczinski's teachers, Tiffany Salcedo, tweeted at the star and invited her to the memorial. "We lost one of our students this weekend in a tragic accident," the teacher wrote. "She loved you and your music and was supposed to go to your July concert [...] we would love for you to come to her vigil tomorrow at [New Hyde Park Memorial High School] if possible!!" After the Tweet was retweeted over 1,900 times, it caught the attention of the singer. Steinfeld's management then contacted the teenager's family, confirming that she would be in attendance. 

After Steinfeld's appearance, Salcedo praised the singer for her support in an Instagram post accompanying pictures from the event, writing, "I know she's smiling down and dancing because her idol was here. Thank you for supporting her best friends during this tragic time. You are truly an amazing soul and that's why Leah loved you so much!!"

Friends of Kuczinski launched a GoFundMe page in honor of the teen. Though its goal was only to raise $15,000 to cover the teen's funeral expenses, over 1,000 donors have contributed more than $90,000. According to Newsday, family members plan to establish the Leah Kuczinski Legacy Foundation in her honor.

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