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Saturday marks one year since deadly suspected DUI crash

By Joe Vigil Photojournalist: John Thain - 9:33 PM August 7, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Saturday will not be an easy day for the parents of Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr.

Aug. 9 marks one year since a suspected drunk driving crash took the lives of the 15-year-olds. On Saturday, the families will return to the crash scene to remember the lives of the girls, and to spread the message of the dangers of drinking and driving.

The parents, and some friends of Brooke and Jordyn, will walk from the Dimond Center Mall to the crash scene at 88th Avenue and Abbott Road. Brooke and Jordyn were shopping at the mall for school clothes before walking home. They had almost made it to their destination when the suspected drunk driver, Stacey Graham, ran into them.

“This is our opportunity not only to remember the girls but to also stand up and say it’s not OK and people should take the necessary steps to not drink and drive,” Brooke’s mother Shanna McPheters told KTVA this week.

The family is also asking people to pledge not to drink and drive.

“The problem continues, so it’s going to take the community just getting angry and saying enough is enough. We’re all going to pledge to not drink and drive because you should be able to walk down the street. You should be able to ride your bike,” said Jordyn’s mother Dayna Durr.

The parents say the girls were about 10 minutes from home when the driver hit them.

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