Carper called his death a tragedy and said the incident should serve as a reminder for other teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving.
"Let this be a lesson that you don't drink and drive," she said. "Kids think that they're invincible. Maybe this will help to convince someone to be careful."
Christian Roe, 17, of Belle, said he was devastated over Qualls' death. They grew up together and had been close friends since middle school.
Roe also remembered Qualls as the class clown, as someone who could brighten anyone's day.
"There was never a dull day with him," he said. "No matter what mood you were in, he'd come up and you'd see that goofy smile of his."
Roe said this year has been hard on all Riverside High students. Qualls was the second student in as many months to have died under tragic circumstances.
"It's one of the worst things that's ever happened here at Riverside, having two deaths in two months," he said.
Roe said he hoped the incident would cause other students to be more careful about their choices.
"I don't care what you do, if you go out and party, just be smart enough to have someone sober come and pick you up," he said. "It's as simple as that, really."
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