Remembering a vivacious young lady

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By Angye Morrison

Gadsden County experienced a tragedy last week when a school bus accident ultimately claimed the life of a bright, beautiful young woman.

Dee Dee Murray was, by all accounts, an enthusiastic student who loved her family, her friends, her teammates and her school. She gave 100 percent in anything she did. She encouraged others. She cared for others. She was an inspiration.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. My heart goes out to Dee Dee’s family. They’ve lost her way too soon.

We chose to honor her memory by asking those who knew her best, along with those who maybe didn’t know her but can feel the pain of those who did, to leave comments and words of encouragement on our Web site. Many of you did, and those words appear in this week’s edition.

I think the worst part of this whole tragedy is the fact that we don’t have any answers yet. Why did the bus run off the road? What really happened?

There are lots of rumors swirling around out there. Some of the students on the bus have said they saw Dee Dee standing, but weren’t sure why. One of the rumors is that she was handing the driver, who is reportedly diabetic, a piece of candy.

We don’t know at this point if that is true. We won’t know for sure what happened, and won’t know for a while. The Florida Highway Patrol has the security camera tape and is reviewing it as part of its investigation. As soon as we get the facts, we’ll report them to you.

I’m also concerned about the bus driver. No matter what happened to cause the bus to veer off the roadway, he will have to live with the memory of that tragedy, along with the knowledge that a student died, for the rest of his life. My heart goes out to him as well.

As we wipe away each other’s tears, let us remember to do just what Dee Dee would have wanted...stand strong and stand together.

E-mail your comments and suggestions to me at editor@gadcotimes.com.