KILLEEN - Warm embraces from familiar faces couldn't keep the tears away, as dozens gathered Sunday night to say goodbye to their loved one Tanya Perry.
On Nov. 19, a man crashed into the back of the car carrying Perry and another passenger while they were stopped at a red light. The man who hit them never tried breaking or swerving according to police.
Authorities also said alcohol may have played a role in the crash.
All three people died at the scene.
Those who knew the mother of four joined together Sunday evening at Redman Bingo -- one of Perry's favorite places to hang out.
"Me and Tanya met at bingo seven or eight years ago. To know her is to love her she always had a smile on her face, I just feel so lost," said Perry's friend Ludena Harris.
Beverly Robinson, Perry's mother, is leaning on family during these trying times.
"I'm glad they pulled together to do this it's gonna help me heal better," Robinson said.
Meanwhile, Perry's brother Michael turns to forgiveness.
"The driver was drinking and driving but we still have to forgive this man," Michael Perry said. "We're not going to get no where if we do not do that."
After sharing memories of Perry, the group held a balloon release and then lit candles in her honor -- hoping it will illustrate the light Perry continues to shine into everyone fortunate enough to know her.
The family hopes their story will encourage everyone to be safer on the roads.
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