in memory, 3 years later:

July 4, 2009

in memory,
kendall lui.


the 4th is just not the same for my family. i've mentioned this before on my cousin's birthday, but this july 4th marks the 3rd year she was taken from us.

she was with some friends at the river. their designated driver was drunk, and he crashed into a pole. my cousin and another young man were gone instantly, they weren't even drinking. michael dimitras survived and was out drinking the next weekend, no remorse whatsoever about taking the lives of 2 young people.

i will always question why something like this happened. she was only 18. kendall was studying at ucsd and brian was at berekley. they would have graduated this year. tragedy happens, sadly as we know all too well. my aunt and brian's mom are interviewed here telling their story of what happened. she was a beautiful dancer, and i'm posting this video of her once again.



we miss you, cousin.
you will never be forgotten.

i hope you all have a safe holiday.

18 hello's:

  1. i am so sorry for your loss. she was a beautiful dancer and how lucky you are to have this angelic video to remember her by.

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  2. Drunk Drivers make me so upset and angry. I am sorry that your cousin was taken so young, but I am sure that for her brief life, God used her to impact those around her.

    What a graceful dancer. This is such a captivating video.

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  3. such a sad thing, to lose someone so talented so young. i'm happy you have such beautiful memories of her to get you through your days.

    xo
    kelly

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  4. My friend, loss is never easy, there are never words to say to a heart that still hurts like yours does. All I can say is that my heart hurts with you, and God's does too.

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  5. I'm so sorry about your cousin. It's so senseless and tragic, to lose someone who is so young.

    On of my very best friends died in a car crash when she was only 18, only 2 years ago. There's not a night that goes by that I don't tell Liz I love her and miss her with all my heart.

    Our beautiful girls may have had short lives, but they mades ours better. There is something to be grateful for in that.

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  6. My thoughts are with you. It's so hard to lose someone you love so unexpectedly.

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  7. Lovely tribute, it's tragic to lose someone... ~Blessings as always dear*

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  8. I am very sorry for your loss - and the world's loss, simply beautiful dancing. She dances with such an open heart.

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss. This is actually here to remind us that even on holidays tragedy happens... I am sending you a BIG hug!

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  10. a beautiful tribute to your cousin...i hope you hold dear all the happy memories xx

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  11. im so sorry. our church lost four of our teens when another car driven by a drunk driver crashed into them. two brothers, their sister and a friend.
    she was a beautiful beautiful dancer, very talented.
    i will be praying for you and your family.
    much love,
    kendall micayla

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  12. My grandmother and cousin we're both killed in a car accident on July 4th 8 years ago. I was with them both just 15 mins before it happened. Though it's been a long time now, the pain never goes away. Every time I see someone swerving because they are intoxicated, ESPECIALLY on a holiday, I get so angry.
    But all we can do is keep hoping people will learn some self-control.

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  13. I'm so sorry for your loss...

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  14. Hello Danni

    I´ve been reading Oh hEllo Friend for a while now and you seem to be a really nice, cute and smart girl and designer, Im graphic designer myself too, so please don´t let bad memories bitter your spark, you´re so luky to be alive and also lucky for had been able to know a beautiful girl as your cousin was, thats why you have to be grateful, now she´s an angel and she´s definelly dancing whit more angels, don´t be sad... my parents both passed away too, It wasn´t in an accident but i know it hurts, i understand you, cheers from Mexico. Gina.

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  15. wow, this is terribly sad, but thank you for sharing this piece of humanity. i think this is a lovely way to remember and honor your talented cousin.

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  16. Hello. I've read your post and it was touching. I've seen the video and it was heart wrenching. I may not have known her but through you I get to, even if it's just a glimpse of what it is about her. I watched her video and she dances beautifully.

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  17. So very sad - and what a waste of young, precious life. This post really moved me - as you say, she really was a beautiful dancer. I am pleased for you and your family that you have this video to look back on, and remember.

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  18. She was so beautiful! All her movements were seamless and perfectly connected. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I am sure she is still dancing in heaven.

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