Three students whose lives were cut short in fatal accidents this school year were honored today at East Gadsden High School.
In her short time on earth 15-year-old Crystal Riley touched so many people. The Gadsden County teenager was killed after homecoming activities in October of last year.
Cynthia Riley, Crystal Riley’s mother, said, "That whole experience has been a nightmare for me. I live through it daily. I can't sleep at night because I wake up thinking I will see her the next morning, but I have to remain strong."
It's a message that also resonates with the families of two other teens killed in fatal accidents. The school district honored Riley, along with Tiffany Ivory and Camelia Byrd, with a monument. The ceremony was marked with tears and hugs.
Patricia Iory/Tiffany Ivory's mother, said, "I just miss her. The day she had the car accident I talked to her around 2 o’clock. I didn't know that would be the last time I'd talk to her."
Krunetta Byrd, Cameilla Byrd’s sister, shared, "She was nice to everyone. Every time someone asked her to do something she always would do it for them."
The loss of these young students is forcing grieving families to send a strong message to other parents.
Marjorie Robinson, Tiffany Ivory's grandmother, said, "Hug them, kiss them let them know every day that you love them, because you don't know if that's the last time you'll see them."
It’s a poignant reminder for everyone who may not know the pain of losing a loved one. The families want teens to make good choices when they get behind the wheel.