“The way she told me, it’s something I’ll never forget,” Hollis said of the call from Clark’s mother.
Back in Cobb County, Clark’s parents had been informed of the tragic news. Word spread quickly through the community at Harrison High School, where Clark graduated and where her younger sister is a freshman.
Late Wednesday, Hollis said he grieved along with his own family, who had grown to love Clark, assuming the two were destined to be together.
“She was the one I was going to marry,” Hollis said.
From the time Hollis met Clark in October 2013, he never forgot about her, but he didn’t see her for several months. Then, on Valentine’s Day 2014, the two connected over Snapchat, Hollis said. Later that night, they had an informal date, eating popcorn and watching “Frozen.”
There was plenty of laughter and talking that night. But when Clark said she loved the movie “Happy Gilmore,” Hollis was sure the first date wouldn’t be the last.
“This girl is the one,” he remembers thinking.
While he says he’s grateful for his time with Clark, he selfishly can’t yet imagine life without her.
“She was something special,” he said.
Hollis poured out his heart break in an emotional Facebook post Thursday.
Funeral arrangements for Clark have not yet been announced.