On the morning of October 1, 2019, Emily Rae Paul, her brother Douglas, and one of their close friends were on their way to school, driving down the highway like they always did. They didn’t know that they would never make it to school that day.

A tractor trailer made an improper left turn directly in front of their car, causing them to crash. All three of the kids were seriously injured. Douglas and their friend were taken to the hospital by ambulance, and Emily was air-lifted to the same hospital.

Emily fought like a champ for the next two days, but sadly, couldn’t fight for any longer. After having three of the same tests ran on her brain activity with all three yielding the same exact results, Emily passed away.

Douglas sustained severe injuries along with head trauma, and their friend also suffered great injuries. That driver will never know what he took from Emily’s family that day. Emily was with her family for 15 years, and it breaks her mother’s heart into a million pieces that her story will not continue. Her mother promises to keep her memory alive, calling Emily her “Forever 15 Angel.”