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"She was my best friend": Shorewood teen talks about losing her twin sister in crash

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SHOREWOOD (CBS 58) - A Shorewood teen is talking publicly for the first time since being injured in an accident that killed her twin sister.

Emily Frieseke appeared at a fundraiser being held for her family at Draft and Vessel in Shorewood.

Rick Frieseke said when Emily heard about the fundraiser, she knew she wanted to be there.

“It was a goal for her when she heard that they were going to have this event to try to be there, and she achieved that goal,” said Rick.

“I definitely wanted to come see the people and it was super important to see the support that the community has for us,” said Emily.

Emily was just released from the hospital Sunday and is still in a wheelchair.

“I’m doing ok, I’m doing better every day,” said Frieseke.

She was riding with her twin sister Megan back from Madison March 31 when a driver crossed the median crashed into them.

Emily was thrown from the vehicle, suffering major injuries.

Her twin sister Megan didn’t survive.

“It’s been a hard week in the hospital so I haven’t really had much time to really think about what has happened,” said Emily.

“It’s been the worst week of my life,” said Rick.

Rick says seeing so many people in the community supporting them is helping get the family through.

“It means a lot, tremendous support from the community, and it shows how much they’ve touched other people’s lives so we’re incredibly thankful,” said Rick.

People dropped off money and left messages of support at the Draft and Vessel.

And while Emily hugged family and friends, in the back of her mind is her sister Megan.

“All the time,” said Emily, “she was my best friend I was with her every single day, all the time.”

“Megan’s guiding us and we’re getting through day by day and that’s what she would want us to do,” said Rick.

Every dollar earned will go to the Frieseke’s.

That’s not the only way people are stepping up. A Go Fund Me page was set up with a $10,000 goal but has received more than twice that in just a week.

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