DEVINE, Texas – A teenager was killed on the way home from prom when she was swept away by raging floodwaters.
Alyssa Ramirez was Devine High School’s homecoming queen, a cheerleader, a tennis player and a member of the volleyball team.
Now, those closest to the 18-year-old hold each other up as they mourn the loss of their dear friend.
“I was like, it can’t be happening right now,” Contreras said.
Just hours before her death, Alyssa was attending her senior prom.
“She was at prom with her date, laughing, dancing next to her,” said Shay Agbert.
No one knew just hours later that tragedy would strike.
Her car stalled out in high water just a couple miles away from her home.
“She did the right things. She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick,’ said Roberta Ramirez, Alyssa’s aunt.
Alyssa’s parents went to look for her but the raging water had already swept away her car.
“They weren’t able to find her until this morning when crews were out there. They were able to locate the vehicle, which wasn’t too far away,” Ramirez said.
Alyssa’s family says they can’t believe she is gone, but are relying on faith to get them through this tragedy.
“They rest assured that she was a very strong believer and she has her place in heaven and they’ll meet her again soon,” Ramirez said.
Tragically, this is the fourth time in four years that Devine High School has lost a member of its graduating class.