Monday, February 21, 2011

My Heart Goes Out To My Daughter And Her Friends Tonight....

This weekend our daughter was in New Orleans to attend the bachelorette party of a college friend. At the same time, another college friend was attending a different bachelorette party for yet another college friend in Beaumont, Texas (of "Footloose" fame). 


Although it is all still under investigation by Beaumont PD, it appears her car caught fire and eventually exploded while traveling down the middle of a Beaumont residential street. When the fire department arrived after a 4:30 AM phone call about an SUV on fire, they discovered the charred remains of this beautiful vibrant young woman. She was 25 years old (same as SD) and was in her last year of law school, hoping to be a copyright lawyer after graduation. She had gone to UT with SD, was a Pi Beta Phi, worked all through undergraduate school for the Attorney General of Texas, and was a devoted Christian. She was an overachiever, just like SD. Little wonder they were friends.


Since the incident is still under investigation, there is no real explanation yet. She was driving a Mitsubishi Monterro midsize SUV and the car purportedly caught on fire and/or exploded. However, the initial investigation revealed that it appeared to have caught on fire just before exploding. I'm sure there will be something further at a later date.


When SD called tonight to tell me, she was depressed and didn't want to talk about it. She just wanted me to know what happened. Mr. Snoots and I are leaving for Dallas to see SD (for the first time) this week, so this might change our plans a bit. I told her not to worry. We've been to Dallas without her before but we'll miss her terribly. She knows that I, more than most, understand about the death of a friend. Everything is at a standstill during the grieving over the loss of a friend.

Please take a moment or two to pray for this outstanding young woman and her family, who just lost such a treasured daughter. Her mother was quoted by local news saying, "She worked hard for everything and was a woman of faith. This is a huge gain for Heaven." I'm absolutely certain I could not be so accepting of the circumstances. What a special family Jessica leaves behind and I know it will be the most difficult of all tasks a parent must perform. Living on without your child. My heart also goes out to all of her family and all of her friends, as I know she'll be strongly missed.


Rest In Peace Jessica. Heaven must be rocking out tonight....

16 comments:

That Janie Girl said...

Oh, Lord, that is horrible. I'll be thinking about SD today.

And then another 27 year old lost her life last night in Midland...

Sjn said...

so sorry for all of you, how tragic. We're not promised our time here on earth, but it's always upsetting when a young person leaves. A lesson to the rest of us to LIVE our lives to the fullest.
Prayers and thoughts to her family.

Mental P Mama said...

That is gut wrenching. Every time my children drive away a part of me goes with them. Prayers.

TheVinylVillager said...

oh my I just cant imagine. I hope her friends and family find some peace.

Bodacious Boomer said...

That is just horrid. But something seems really amiss. Cars just don't do this, do they?

Has foul play been ruled out? I hate to ask but this seems really bizarre.

TSannie said...

Just terrible. Sending healing thoughts to everyone touched by that magnificent young woman.

Queen of Halloween said...

One of my worst nightmares! My heart goes out to her loved ones and to SD. Have a safe trip!

Cathy M said...

How awful. Prayers for all.

Tammy said...

This is just heartbreaking. Definitely prayers and healing wishes going out to the family and your daughter.

snooty daughter said...

That was a nice post, thanks Madre.

The Incredible Woody said...

How very sad! I will be sending lots of love to her family and her friends!

BJ Roan said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child and pray I never know. My heart goes out to all her friends and family.

Flea said...

Oh how horrid. For all of you. I'm so sorry.

Beth Dunn said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this tragic story
xoxo
SC

North of 25A said...

My worst nightmare. May that young woman rest in peace. I think the quote by her Mom is extraordinary and faith inspiring. Prayers to you and your daughter; I am sure that Jessica is in God's care.
Best,
Colleen

Janessa Forever 21 said...

I was really riveted by this story. My daughter, Alexis, died on Christmas Day from a failed heart transplant but I feel a sudden, unexpected death is quite worse. I hope anyone who reads this knows that God is in control even though there is a lot of devastation in this world. I pray for her parents.

 

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