Victims in drunk driving crash remembered at vigil
It's hard for Tami Heddinger to be back at the place where her niece's life tragically ended.
"When I found out, I didn't know how to feel," she said. "I was just numb, just numb. It was like a dream, didn't seem real."
It's a feeling echoed by dozens of others who came with flowers, balloons and candles in honor of Nikayla Heddinger.
The 24-year-old worked as a CNA and loved her three children.
"She had one of those spirits where you couldn't help but love her," said friend Alex Stallworth.
"She was a wonderful mother," said friend Christa Bishop. "Her life was based around her children and that's the support that they need right now."
Heddinger was our celebrating her birthday early Sunday morning when an SUV she was riding in crashed into a utility pole.
Police say the driver, 24-year-old Trejon Price, was speeding near 32nd and Atkinson, when he lost control at a curve.Tests show Price's blood alcohol level was .09.
At the vigil, people also grieved the loss of 26-year-old Tamika Washington, who family tells us was pregnant at the time of her death.
"And she left behind a two year old," said Tami. "I'm sure her family is just as devastated as we are."
But through devastation comes peace and healing, as loved ones they reflect on the legacy the victims left behind.
"She loved her family and she loved God," said Dr. Brenda Bowers, executive pastor of Vessels of Honour Christian Church. "And she would want that to be her testament."
Court documents show a third passenger had part of her left arm amputated and is now breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
Meanwhile, Nikayla's family is has set up a Go Fund Me for funeral expenses and to support her three children. You can make a donation by clicking here.