Friends and Family Remember Dee Dee Murray

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

An angel was watching over the crowd Friday night as the West Gadsden High School Panthers tipped off against the Madison High Cowgirls.

Jersey number 22 hanging proudly on the wall of the West Gadsden Gymnasium- memorializing 17-year-old Dee Dee Murray.

Dedric Streeter, Dee Dee's father says, "A very special night because it's remembering the memory of our daughter and what she meant to this school to her friends and to this community but most of all to her family."

Daneik Bellford, Dee Dee's Cousin says, "It means a lot. People won't forget who she was. She meant a lot to so many of us, and it's just so hard to believe that she's gone."

Murray died when the school bus she was riding in veered off County Road 269A and slammed into a tree back on March 8th.

"One day at a time is the only way we can take it. She's always with us and we know that." Streeter says.

Even though it's been a little over 8 months, the family says being in the gym where Dee Dee spent so many hours playing basketball is difficult... But with her sister Kayla Streeter number 3 on the court, there are still plenty of reasons to cheer.

"She fell in love with the game and it means a lot that her jersey will forever be here in this gymnasium." Streeter says.

The Lady Panthers dedicated their whole season to Dee Dee- and they know she'll be cheering them on every time they take the court.

The Florida Highway Patrol has wrapped up its preliminary investigation into the bus crash that killed Murray.

FHP turned its report over to the State Attorneys Office for review earlier this week. Details are expected to be released sometime next week.


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