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Parents of teenage girls killed by suspected drunk driver speak out

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:22 PM December 5, 2013

The families say not talking about them is like not remembering them

Editor’s note: This story was originally broadcast Dec. 3. It’s the first installment of a three-part series examining the impacts of drunk driving and the work being done to stop it.

ANCHORAGE – For the first time, the parents of two 15-year-old girls killed by a suspected drunk driver in Anchorage are speaking out.

The parents of Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters talked with KTVA 11’s Joe Vigil.

They said they want drunk drivers to know the pain of losing a child, in hopes that people will decide not to drink and drive.

“It’s just the hole that’s left, the emptiness,” said Jordyn Durr’s mother Dayna.

“We feel fortunate we had Brooke for 15 years. And so we cherished that and know that she knows that she was loved,” said Brooke McPheters’ mother Shanna.

Police said suspect Stacey Graham hit and and killed the girls on Aug. 9 while the teens walked home from buying school clothes. His attorney would only tell KTVA 11 that the facts would come out at trial.

The families say not talking about the girls is like not remembering them. Jordyn Durr’s mother talked about the moment police told her that Jordyn had died.

“I’m sorry to tell you that they’re deceased. From there it’s a fog because I couldn’t compute,” she said. “Because they were helping me off the ground and moving me back to my car.”

Suspect Stacey Graham remains behind bars. The families say his trial has been pushed back to spring 2014.

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