Dec 30, 2011 12:15 AM by John Romero
A sea of mourners at Doherty High School are dressed in purple. They sing, hug and cry over the memory of 17 year old Bethany Maes, a young life taken far too soon. Earlier this week 17 year old Bethany Maes was killed after her car slammed in to a utilities truck on Marksheffel and Fontaine.
Her mother Lupita works as an administrative assistant at the Cimarron Hills Fire Department, where crews have been keeping a constant eye on the grieving mother. "We've been staying the night with her and spending a lot of time with her. It's probably going to get worse before it gets better." says Cimarron Fire Chief Matthew Love, "It's a pretty difficult situation and I can't even imagine how a mom would feel."
The Doherty High School senior, just 5 months away from graduation, is remembered among other things as a passionate Lakers fan. But more importantly she was kind, compassionate and always thinking of others. "She'd always know how to cheer people up." says Maes' friend Felysha Rodriguez, a Doherty sophomore, "She was always there for someone when they needed it. She was just an amazing person."
When asked for words to describe Maes, her friends immediately call out descriptions like unique and beautiful. "She just enjoyed the simple things." says Doherty senior Darian Sanchez, "Just being with people made her happy. That inspired me."
Though she's gone physically, the young woman's spirit is still strong in the hearts of those that loved her. "Yeah she's going to be missed. But she'll never be forgotten." says Sanchez. "She'll never be replaced... ever." adds Rodriguez.
This evening at the vigil, Doherty Principal Denis Vigil announced that Bethany Maes will still graduate with her class in May. The Cimarron Hills Fire Department is asking for donations for the family. You can make a donation at any First Bank location under the "Morales Memorial Fund."