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Delano teen killed in crash honored by her school at state hockey tournament

The 18 year old lost control of her car on an ice-covered Hwy. 12.

Tributes for an 18-year-old student killed in a crash last week have been pouring out, including at the Minnesota Boys' State Hockey Tournament. 

Marleena Anna Dieterich, of Delano, died Mar. 2 when she lost control on an icy Hwy. 12 in Independence and collided with a semi-truck. 

Dieterich was an honors student in her senior year at Delano High School, whose boys' hockey team played in the state tournament on Wednesday. 

The school's colors are orange and black, but as John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League wrote in his journal, "many of the fans wore purple to honor" Dieterich. The team's coaching staff wore purple ties for her. 

According to tributes in an online obituary, she worked at Target in Medina where a coworker described her as the "sweetest young lady," adding that she "did everything she could to help wherever we needed, all with a wonderful attitude." 

Her obituary is short, simply asking for for donations in her name to the World Wildlife Fund while quoting the famous words of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou: 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

World Taekwondo Academy Annandale posted to Facebook saying their Taekwondo "family is heart broken" over Dieterich's death. The 18 year old was a one of the academy's Delano black belts. 

“Just a bright student and a wonderful senior student to represent our high school,” Delano Superintendent Matthew W. Schoen told Fox 9

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