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Candlelight vigil held for girls killed by suspected drunk driver

By Heather Hintze 11:46 PM December 6, 2013

"This is 100 percent preventable and nobody should have to go through this."

ANCHORAGE - The holidays should be about happiness and spending time with your loved ones. For the McPheters and Durr families, however, it’s a devastating reminder two people they love the most won’t be there.

“Jordyn and I, we had our celebrations, we always did and it’s going to be excruciatingly painful this year and many years to come because we can’t have those moments,” said Dayna Durr.

“It’s not really a holiday season for us,”  said Shanna McPheters. “There’s not a lot of Christmas spirit and not a lot of decorations.”

A suspected drunk driver killed 15-year-old Brooke McPheters and 15-year-old Jordyn Durr Aug. 9 on their way home from school shopping. Their moms said it’s something that never should have happened.

“This is 100 percent preventable and nobody should have to go through this,” Durr said. “Ever.”

That message brought out dozens of friends and family members for a candlelight vigil on the spot where the girls died.

“We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family, our friends, the community, everyone who knew Jordyn and Brooke,” Durr said. “We don’t want anyone else to go through what we’re going through every second of every day.”

She said people need to think about the consequences. Not just what will happen to them if they drink and drive, but the impact it has on everyone.

“The aftermath is excruciating and it’s the people who are left to pick up the pieces,” Durr said. “Our families are destroyed. Our families are destroyed by this, and we have to pick up the pieces and move forward in some way.”

With friends and family by their side, they remembered the two girls taken too soon from this world.  They hope people will do the right thing and drive sober so everyone can make it back home safely, like Brooke and Jordyn should have.

Anchorage’s “Off the Road” program can provide a safe ride for you and your vehicle if you plan on drinking.

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