An East Texas family is hoping a teenager's death can serve as a lesson to others.
On Friday, 18-year old Daysha Johnson died in a car wreck on Highway 11, about a mile from the Como-Pickton School District in Wood County. Tragically, Daysha and the others in her car were not wearing seatbelts.
Her passing has left a mark in the Wood County Community.
"Everybody just loved her beautiful smile. She touched a lot of people's lives...a lot of people's lives," said Sherry Castleberry, Daysha's mother.
It was her smile and jokester personality that was contagious at Winnsboro High School.
"Daysha would make you laugh even if you knew her or not," said Sharecka Ivery, Daysha's sister. "She would make you laugh and she would always put a smile on your face. She really touched a lot of people and a lot of people liked to be around Daysha."
Her popularity proved true when she was crowned homecoming queen last year.
"When she was out there on that football field and when they hollered her name, everybody went crazy. Like the whole crowd. It was like they already knew Daysha had it," said Ivery.
"That was one of her biggest dreams. To get homecoming queen, and she got it," said Castleberry.
Since Daysha's passing, the family says they have been overwhelmed with support from the community, and say they have heard from Daysha herself.
"I know without a doubt I will see her again one day because she told me," said Castleberry. "She said 'Mama, I'm okay', and she touched my face Saturday night and I had been up and up and she touched me and said 'Mama, I'm okay'."
With tattoos in honor of Daysha, the family stands firm in their Christian beliefs and hopes people can learn from this.
"I know God is behind this and He needed her a lot more than I needed her and He took away from me to touch somebody else's life," said Castleberry. "I just hope it touched a person's life in the correct way and that they would take this with them and cherish this."
"Seatbelts could be the reason she could have still been here," said Ivery.
The funeral for Daysha Johnson will be Saturday afternoon at 2 at First Baptist Church in Winnsboro. Visitation is Friday night at the church from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, September 11 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-09-11 09:21:40 GMT
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