Candlelight Vigil Held for Tech Student Killed in Crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/15/06

Candlelight Vigil Held for Tech Student Killed in Crash

Less than twenty-four hours before their friend is laid to rest, friends are remembering Amber Menefee with a candlelight vigil. The 21-year-old Texas Tech student was killed in a head-on crash last weekend. Police say the driver of the other car, Erin Nicole Reagan, was going the wrong way on Loop 289 and had a blood alcohol level of .147. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel was at South Plains College with Amber Menefee's friends who said they still can't believe Amber's not coming back.

"I keep thinking she'll be back, but she's never coming back." It's a harsh reality that some of Amber Menefee's friends can barely say out loud. The death is almost as surreal as the day Amber's roommate Chasity Spencer got the call that Amber was not coming home. "We got a call from Yvette. She kept saying tell me it's not true, tell me it's not true. She didn't even have to say Amber's name."

Yvette Flores knew Amber from school. "She was friend's with everybody." The night before Amber's wreck, she signed off her AOL account with this message..."I love my past, I love my present, I'm not ashamed of what I've had and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. In 3 words to summarize life: it goes on. The only way to have a friend is to be a friend."

Menefee's friends lit a candle in memory of her life. But they cannot help but ask the question, 'why did she have to die?'

"How could her friends let her drink and drive? She must not have real friends to let her drive like that." But Amber's friends are not the only group that's mad. Mother's Against Drunk Driving says enough is enough. Shannon Ramos says, "it's hard to believe anyone has not got the message. It is not safe to drink and drive. I'm sick and tired of it."

Amber's life brought together a diverse group of people. A group that hopes Amber's death will prevent others from getting behind the wheel after they've been drinking. "You never think it's going to be one of your friends."

Funeral services for Amber Menefee are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at four o'clock at the Church of Christ in Andrews.

Meanwhile, Erin Reagan is free on bond. The 20-year-old is charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

2/13/06
Friends Remember Texas Tech Student Killed in Crash
Amber Menefee's friends remember their best friend. The Texas Tech Junior wanted to be a fourth grade teacher. NewsChannel 11's Cecelia Coy talks to the friends who remember a lifetime together.

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