PLAINVILLE — Dozens of friends and family gathered Saturday near Plainville High School to remember a woman who was found dead on school grounds June 2.
Danielle Wells, of Plainville, was remembered as the classmate who would pack an extra lunch for a friend going through a hard time, the friend who could always make one laugh and a loving mother of four.
“It was very heartwarming, touching to see that so many people care for her,” said Sandra Wells, her mother. “I’m just very touched by the outpour.”
Police said Wells, 31, was found by the bleachers near Plainville High School last weekend. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office has ruled her death a suicide.
The pavement around the bleachers became a mosaic of chalk messages to Wells, while flowers, stuffed bears and mementos were placed along the bleachers, surrounded by candles.
“It really was very heartwarming to hear so many people say so many great things about her,” said Jillian Arduini, who was a classmate of Wells’ at Plainville High School.
“It gives us hope maybe people (will) finally wake up and see we need to be here for people,” said Holly Kline, a childhood friend of Wells.
A number of friends and acquaintances of Wells’ have started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help support Sandra Wells as she cares for one of her grandchildren. Candles were also sold at the vigil for $1 to benefit the family.
"Everyone knew just how sweet and caring and loving she was,” Kline said. “Everyone knew Danielle would be there for anybody if they needed it.”
“She impacted a lot of people,” said Jennifer Smith. “She was our best friend.”
"The best friend you could ask for really,” Kline said.