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Apr 30, 2012 3:03 PM by Lacey Steele

Memorial honors lives of teen crash victims

A community gathers in front of Alamosa High School to grieve the loss of three young lives.

Those who loved the three teen girls find strength in the lives they led.

It's a community in shock.

"It's definitely a tragedy in this community. To lose three beautiful young women at such a young age, it's horrendous," said Cindy Lee Herrera, a counselor at Alamosa High School. "For all parents who have lost children, they understand it's just something you can never describe."

They say they find their strength in the lives of Anisa Montoya, 18, Selena Mascarenas, 14, and Serina Sena, 14.

Those at the memorial, including Anisa's father, say the girls were role models and amazing people.

Anisa was a month away from graduation.

She was senior class president.

"As a teacher you come in hoping to make an impact on a kid's life, but Anisa made an impact on mine," said Elona Medina, a teacher at Alamosa High School who was also Anisa's class sponsor. "She lived life to the fullest."

"Just her smile," said Shawn Cody, a teacher at Alamosa High School. "I can't get her smile out of my face right now and just how hard she worked and how dedicated she was to her class, to her friends."

Serina Sena was in the eighth grade at Sangre de Cristo Junior/Senior High.

Her friends say she was a beautiful person.

Selena Mascarenas' family and friends say her death will make a difference in hundreds of other lives.

"Just a bright little girl," said , a family friend of Selena Mascarenas. "Beautiful smile. You always tried to do something to make her smile. Either do something funny or whatever."

All three girls were returning from a Christian outreach and concert in Pueblo.

"They had a beautiful day that day," said Teri Sisneros, Selena's cousin. "We all had a great day, but the thing that stood out for Selena, she smiled all day long and laughed all day long. Her day was a blessed, beautiful day."

The memorial shared memories and prayers, as the community remembered three young lives.

Grief and crisis counselors were on hand at several schools in Alamosa Monday to help students and staff through the grief process.

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