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Vigil held by family and friends of wrong-way crash victims

Posted at 9:47 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 20:27:14-04

Friends and family members gathered Saturday evening to remember two young women killed last year by a wrong-way driver. 

“I'm truly lost without them,” said Cathryn Hocking, Karli and Kelsey Richardson's mother.

“You know, mothers, we take care of our kids.. but my kids also took care of me,” she said. 

Both sisters were on their way to the Grand Canyon to watch the sunrise. Police said Keaton Allison, a GCU student, was driving drunk in another vehicle and crashed into them near I-17 and Greenway. All three were killed. 

“It was just so senseless,” Hocking said. “It didn’t have to happen.” 

Hocking said Kelsey, 18, had dreams of becoming a doctor. 21-year-old Karli was weeks from graduating, and Hocking walked in her honor during the GCU ceremony

Hocking said her daughters “did not die in vain.” She's already talked with students at five schools about the dangers of drinking and driving and hopes to make safety education her full-time job.