“You know people can lose their family members in the blink of an eye and they’re gone. You never know that that’s what’s going to happen but people are so quick to speed throughout the streets all the time.” Elizabeth Anderson, who lost both her daughter and mother in a car accident last night, told KRIS 6 News.
Tamara Kindred picked up her granddaughter, Aujuni Anderson, from her job at CiCi’s pizza. The two were making their way back home when they were struck by a speeding car.
“I got up and just went out the door, I was going to go look for them and the lieutenant called me and is like 'You need to get over here and help your sister, she needs you.' I just heard her crying in the background, and I just knew.” said Jennifer Kindred, daughter and aunt to the victims.
Tamara Kindred’s two daughters are still trying to cope with this extreme loss, but at the very least were able to speak on it. Aujuni’s brother, a senior at Ray High school, wasn't ready to come out of his room.
“I’ve tried to talk to him but he doesn’t wanna come out yet, I think he is just trying to soak it all in, that they are both gone,” Anderson said.
The lives these two ladies touched will forever be remembered to those that knew them the best.
“My mom was such a sweetheart, everybody that knew her, knew that she was so kind and so giving and just so full of life,” Anderson said of Tamara.
“My niece is beautiful and she is only 16, like she could do what people don’t learn how to do in their whole life,” Kindred said of Aujuni.
Aujuni was only 16 years old and junior at Ray. She loved singing, playing guitar and piano, taking pictures and doing special effects makeup. The school has grief counselors in place.
The student body has created a sympathy banner in Aujuni’s honor. Principal Perez said she also gathered Aujuni’s composition book and other projects she was working on during school.
As the holidays approach, the family told KRIS 6 News they aren’t sure how they will get through.
“God is the only way, my family that I do have left, holding me together right now. I’m really lost without my mom and my daughter,” Anderson said.
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