Hailee Steinfeld is paying her respects to a late teen fan who was killed in a go-karting accident last Thursday in Jupiter, Florida.
On Wednesday night, the 21-year-old singer and actress performed in front of the friends, family, and classmates of 16-year-old Leah Kuczinski at a candlelit vigil held at New Hyde Park Memorial High School in New York.
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i’m so unbelievably happy this was able to happen. everyone in our community worked so hard to make sure this would be possible. i couldn’t be more happy to be apart of New Hyde Park. Leah would have loved this💙 i hope you were jamming out with us up there in heaven Leah. thank you so much for coming @haileesteinfeld this is amazing. 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋 #flyhighleah #thisisforyouleah #weloveyouleah
In videos shared on social media, Steinfeld said, “Thank you guys all so much for asking me to come here and honour Leah… You all had so many incredible things to say about her, I really would have loved to have met her.”
Before breaking into an acoustic version of “Starving”, Steinfeld continued, “I know she was supposed to come to my show this summer, so I wanted to come here and sing a song for her. Will you guys sing it with me?”
Steinfeld arrived at the vigil after one of Kuczinski’s teachers, Tiffany Salcedo, asked the artist to attend, revealing that her student had been a big fan.
According to NBC New York, Salcedo’s family received a call from Steinfeld’s manager “within two hours” of her tweet, revealing that the artist would attend.
Salcedo later organized for four of Kuczinski’s friends to meet with Steinfeld, and has since set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses, which has raised almost $90,000 to date.
Steinfeld also honoured the late teen by tweeting a photo reading “Fly High Leah”.