Family and friends came together this Memorial Day to remember and honor the life of Rachel Freeman.
They gathered at her grave site in Moore to show how much she meant to them. There, they released white dove balloons as family and friends comforted one another.
“Every single one of us has a finish line, even though we don't see it,” said Michael Freeman, Rachel’s father. “Tragedy can happen in an instance.”
In February, Rachel was running with her cross-country teammates down a sidewalk near Moore High School when they were hit by a pickup. The driver was arrested and is accused of driving drunk.
Rachel, Yuridia Martinez and Kolby Crum's lives were cut short. Four other students were injured.
“We are just still celebrating just in memorial of her and her life and the doves and what we wanted to do for her graduation class,” said Jody Freeman, Rachel’s mother. “These were things that Rachel was so looking forward to in her life.”
“It is a different kind of pain than anything else, if you've not experienced it, you don't understand it,” said Michael Freeman. “I hadn't understood it until February.”
Rachel would have graduated this week and her family said this is also in honor of her senior class. With the pain that comes with losing a loved one, the Freemans said the amount of support they've received during this time is overwhelming.
“We are still receiving things, the cards that we got, support from people across the country,” said Jody Freeman. “It is absolutely amazing.”