May 15, 2013 11:38 PM by Erin Steuber

Balloon Release Honoring Abigail Vasquez

A celebration of life for Abigail Vasquez in the form of a balloon release. She's the breaux bridge teenager who was killed two weeks ago in a crash along I-10.

Vasquez would have turned 14-years-old Tuesday, instead, she was laid to rest. She was very active in her church youth group, and Wednesday that very group honored her memory. Her friends and family gathered at Our Savior's Church in Broussard. They blew up balloons, writing messages to Abigail on every one, and before releasing them into the sky, they shared their memories.

"Abigail was my inspiration, a good encourager and a good friend," said Briana Harrison.

"She was always there and would always laugh and have fun," said Bethany Longmire.

Abigail was a gifted and talented student at Paul Breaux Middle School, and wanted to be a writer.

"I tried to encourage her to do it because there were so many times she would just zone everyone out and just write," said Justice Smith.

On the day of the accident her father was driving,and he is still in the hospital recovering from serious injuries. We are told he is showing signs of improvement. Her brother was also in the car that day and walked away with only minor injuries.

"We planned trips to Puerto Rico and wedding colors and stuff like that, and I'm still going to keep those plans just for her," said Alexis McGill.

"Abigail was just a precious little girl," said Pastor Rob Longmire. "At the funeral last night it was obvious the impact she's had because of the hundreds and hundreds of people were here to celebrate her life."

Abigail's friends say she was an inspiration to all by being very active in her youth group and passionate about her faith.

"She helped me find God when we weren't that close and I will always thank her for that," said Jessica Dugas.

"I'm really going to miss her. I mean I loved her so much in the time that she was here with us on earth," said Alana Dugas.

Police say the crash that killed Vasquez was caused when another driver crossed the center line and hit the Vasquez's vehicle. Trey Duplechien is charged with careless operation in connection with that crash. Officers say the investigation continues and additional charges are possible.


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