SCOTTSBLUFF -- Bluffs Middle School student Aylin Portillo Peinado died April 19 fro injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

"Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it is sudden. All of us will be feeling a variety of emotions: shock, sadness, or confusion. What is most important is that we care for and support each other," Bluffs Middle School Principal Jana Mason said in a letter to parents.

The Crisis Response Team and staff will be available for students. The Crisis Response Team is providing grief counseling, classroom debriefing, referrals to support service staff and community based organizations.

Agustin Portillo, her father, was also injured in the accident. 

A gofundme account has been established in support of the family at

Those who had the privilege of getting to know Aylin will forever remember her as the silly, happy and beautiful girl she was. She was the light of our life, always knew how to make everyone around her laugh and feel so loved. We are devastated that she was taken from us way too soon, but we know in our hearts that she is now resting in the arms of our Lord," Arisay Portillo said on the gofundme page.