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Families prepare for anniversary of fatal Anchorage crash

By Joe Vigil Photojournalist: Jacob Curtis - 7:23 AM July 28, 2014

It has been one long year for the parents of two Anchorage teenagers killed by a suspected drunk driver in the summer of 2013.

August 9 marks the first anniversary of the crash that killed 15-year-olds Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters at Abbott Road and 88th Avenue. The girls were walking home from a school shopping trip when they were struck.

“Sure would like to have that little girl back,” said Gary McPheters, Brooke’s father, nearly a year after her death.

He said holidays and special occasions have been tough.

“The most difficult day was actually the day before Father’s Day. I lost it,” McPheters said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Jordyn’s mother, Dayna Durr, said time hasn’t healed the wounds, but the family has been able to cope.

“I keep thinking that today is going to be a good day. And then at any moment something can trigger to go back to the beginning and the same feelings come up again,” Durr said. “So I suspect that’s probably going to be the new norm.”

Family members said they want to keep spreading the message: Don’t drink and drive. And the parents are doing a lot more than simply warning people of the dangers of drinking and driving — they’re doing something to fight the problem.

See more of this story on KTVA 11 News Monday at 10 p.m.

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