O'Donnell Mourns the Loss of Two Teen Girls - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/08

O'Donnell Mourns the Loss of Two Teen Girls

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A community is mourning tonight, after losing two 14-year-old girls.  The Department of Public Safety says early Saturday morning a pick-up truck filled with nine teenagers flipped three times just north of O'Donnell.

"It's really, really hard to realize that your best friend just passed away for something that's really wrong," said friend Crystal Barrera.    

"I was close to Bobbi Brewer.  I grew up with her my entire life.  I was like a big brother to her," said friend Tyler Furlow.    

Bobbi Brewer was driving eight of her friends in a pick-up truck, before losing control of the vehicle.  Investigators say none of the teens were wearing seatbelts and Brewer had been drinking.

Friends say they hope this is a wakeup call.   

"It should be a lesson learned and it actually took a death to realize that drinking and driving isn't the right thing to do.  That it took somebody very, very close to us to actually realize that.  It's a very awful thing to something like that," said Barrera.  

"I already heard people say that they aren't going to drink anymore that they are going to put things off so hopefully this is the thing that gets things done," said Furlow.    

Five of the nine teenagers went to O'Donnell High School.

"We try to do a lot of things to education them on drinking and driving and so on and we will continue to do so and driving safety as well," says Superintendent of O'Donnell High School Rodney Schneider. 

April Lam, 14, was also killed in the accident. She was going to be a freshman and was planning on attending O'Donnell high school, and playing basketball.  Friends tell us, you would never see her without a smile. 

"One of the things that I have found in the community of O'Donnell is the tremendous family spirit and they are pulling together and there is going to be a lot of support, but it's going to impact a lot of us greatly," said Schneider. 

A memorial service for Lam is tonight at eight at the Church of Christ in Tahoka.  Brewer's funeral is tomorrow at 10a.m. at the Methodist Church in O'Donnell.

The superintendent of O'Donnell High School says if students would like counseling, not to hesitate to contact the school. 

Friends and family have set up a memorial fund for April to help with funeral expenses.  Donations are being accepted at the First National Bank in Tahoka.

 

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