Dayna Durr and Shanna McPheters, blow out their candles at the conclusion of a vigil to honor their daughters Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr along Abbott Road near 88th Avenue on Friday, December 6, 2013. The two 15-year-old girls were struck and killed by a vehicle at that spot in August.
On Friday evening, Jamey and Dayna Durr stood with Gary and Shanna McPheters in an icy parking lot along Abbott Road. Surrounded by about 50 of their friends and supporters, they lit candles in memory of their daughters, Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters, who died at that spot in August. The two 15-year-olds were struck by a car as they walked along the pedestrian path. Police say the driver was drunk.
After a prayer and a moment of silence, well-wishers waited in line to greet and give hugs to the families. Dayna and Shanna said afterward that they felt the need to do something to honor their kids. They hoped the small ceremony would be an effective reminder to others during the holiday season that driving intoxicated could have tragic consequences.
The two have been friends for about as long as their daughters have (HAD or since their daughters first met), they said. Since the kids began playing together in kindergarten, the mothers have joined forces to watch out for them and compare parenting notes. \u201CWe had each other\u2019s backs,\u201D Shanna said.
After the deaths of Jordyn and Brooke, their bond only deepened. As difficult as the past four months have been, having a friend who is navigating exactly the same hurt has been an important comfort. They say they reach out to each other regularly.
Dayna Durr: \u201CA lot of emails, a lot of texts. If we\u2019re having a bad day or a bad moment, we can text each other and instantly know the other person knows exactly what you\u2019re feeling and what you\u2019re going through... It\u2019s not going to take away the pain. it\u2019s not going to change the outcome. How I feel about Shanna
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Alcohol & Me: Dayna Durr, left, and Shanna McPheters blow out candles at the conclusion of a vigil for their daughters along Abbott Road near 88th Avenue on Friday evening. Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters were struck and killed by a vehicle at that location in August. Police say the driver was drunk. Both moms say they organized the vigil to honor their daughters and remind others of the possible consequences of impaired driving during the holiday season. Though they’ve known each other since their daughters met in kindergarten, both say their bond has grown stronger since the tragedy.