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Springfield Teen's Life Remembered By Family, Friends
The sudden death of a Springfield High School senior is rattling the Capital City. Eighteen year-old Jamakya Green was a passenger in a car that ran into a house late Friday night. She died two hours later. ABC Newschannel's Rebekah Thurston spoke with Jamakya's friends and family to find out how are they dealing with this.
Dozens of people made their way to the site of the accident Sunday afternoon to pay their respects and to be with one another in support, as those who knew her, mourn the lost of the young woman who, they say, could light up any room with her smile.
They came by car and they came by foot to pay their respects to 18 year-old Jamakya Green, who passed away early Saturday morning after a car accident.
"I came out here...to show respect, you know, I'm out here, I'm out here, all day," said Jamakya's boyfriend and schoolmate, Kenneth Hudson.
Jamakya's sudden death leaves a lot of questions about what happened that night when the SUV, carrying three teenage girls, rammed into a home on East Kansas St.
"All I heard was.. somebody was speeding and I don't know if it was a she or a he, but somebody was speeding and ran into the house, that's all I heard," said Hudson.
"I was out of town and they called me and told me she was hurt, so I came home, but I don't really know what happened... I don't know, I can't even tell you," said Destinee Lambert, Jamakya's cousin.
But family and friends are staying positive, trying to remember Jamakya and keep her memory alive.
"To sit out here and talk to her, talk about memories," said Hudson.
Many were too choked up to speak, but those who could find words, said Jamakya had the most beautiful smile
"It could make anybody happy, brighten up your day all the time," said Lambert.
"That smile, was all I remember when I first met her," said Hudson.
"Remember Jamakya as a person and how she cared about everybody, she was loving and remember her smile," said Lambert.
As they look back, many say they hope Jamakya's death can serve as a wake up call for others her age and maybe save the life of someone else.
"Don't go out and do any thing crazy cause you know she always wants people to be safe, and she would being your best me, even if she is hurt....and we'll meet her again, sooner or later," said Lambert,
Jamakya attended both Southeast and most recently, Springfield High School, where family members tell us she was about to graduate, and had plans to go into the Navy. Police say they still don't know what caused the crash and report that no charges have been filed, as the accident is still under investigation.
Funeral arrangements haven't been finalized yet. We'll share those with you when the time comes.