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Honoring Kimmy: Friends, Family Remember Temple Student Killed in Crash

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(KCEN) - Tragedy in Temple: A teenager died after a head-on collision on Friday. Sunday, friends and family mourn as they remember the life she led.

We received so many pictures and memories into our newsroom Sunday afternoon and into the evening. Friends and family members remembering a young woman with a legacy far beyond her years.

Her name is Kimberlyn Longbotham. Kimmy.

Eighteen years old, a senior at Temple High School, starting catcher for the varsity softball team.

"She was, in a word, amazing," said Zackery Mahn. Mahn got to know Kimmy through church years ago.

"It makes you realize and appreciate who they were, who they are, what they still mean to you," he said.

Kimmy was in a car accident Friday night. A truck crossed the center line and hit her Volkswagen head-on.

Kimmy died Saturday morning at the hospital.

Saturday night, a group released balloons at the Temple High School softball field in her memory. And Sunday, friends, family, classmates, teammates, and teachers remember the way she lived.

"She was always smiling. She was always happy," said Maria Avila, a good friend and former teammate of Kimmy's. "She was very nice, and she always wanted to meet new people."

Kimmy was active in her church, and recently went on a mission trip to India.

All Sunday afternoon, people were sending us pictures and memories.

Kimmy's sister Hannah sent us two pictures of the two of them, after tweeting Saturday, "If I could just hear her voice one more time..."

From a teammate: "The tears just keep coming," and "All I wanna know is why her. Of all people, why her."

Her mother wrote to me, "Kimmy always said she wanted to change the world and in fact she has. There are no words to describe the beauty of her life."

But perhaps the most striking quote comes from Kimmy herself.

Giving a friend advice on Facebook, she wrote, "Just love life. The good. The bad. The indifferent. It all shapes who you are. And who you will become."

"If anyone could even make half the impact that she did on the people that were there," Mahn said, "they, too, could say they lived a successful life.">

Temple Police are still investigating that Friday night crash, trying to figure out what caused that truck to cross the center line and end the life of a promising young student and athlete.

A memorial and scholarship fund have also been set up in Kimmy's name. You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/kimmy-longbotham-fund
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