Sumner Students Hold Vigil For Cheerleading Coach

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- She changed the lives of students in a short time and was set to get married in just a few short months. But now students are mourning the death of former Sumner cheerleading coach Angela Holland.

They held a candlelight vigil in her honor Thursday at Forest Park.

Holland passed away suddenly on Saturday after complications with a blood clot.

Her former students gathered to honor a woman they described as "like a mother" to all of them.

Holland was from the D.C. area in Maryland, and came to St. Louis as part of the Teach for America program.

Holland was assigned to Sumner High School where she fulfilled her two year commitment as a Spanish teacher and became the cheerleading coach too.

She even remained at Sumner High School after her 2-year assignment was completed to teach there for a few more years.

Holland met her fiancé, Marlin Cook, a Sumner graduate, during that time and the two were set to get married later this year.

After news of her passing, several of her former students and cheerleaders wanted to gather at Forest Park to honor the life of a woman that was more than just a teacher and a coach to them, but more like a mother.

Holland's funeral is Friday morning in her hometown in Maryland, which is why her former students wanted to do something in St. Louis to honor the impact Angela had on their lives.