At Horseshoe Bend High School in New Site, Alabama, Heather Beck is dealing with something for the first time in her life. The sting of death, the profound hurt of losing a good and decent friend.
"She did so much for me. I cried so much last night because it always seems like the good people get taken," Beck said.
A double tragedy. 17-year old Lela Tidwell and her mom, 46 year old Lori Powell died when Powell somehow lost control of the car on a sharp curve near Alex City.
"We started the day with a moment of silence," said Assistant Principal Casey Davis.
Davis says Tidwell was one of those students who never sought the limelight, more of a cheerleader behind the scenes. Tidwell, for example, did much of the decorating for this year's prom held in the school's lunch area.
"Once you got to know her she opened up and always had a smile on her face," said Davis.
Lela Tidwell talked about becoming a veterinarian. Now there's talk of planting a tree on campus in her memory. Locker number 503 was Lela's locker and it will remain empty for the rest of the year, Davis said.
Mom and daughter were on their way to Lela's boyfriend's ROTC dance when they crashed. This is the school's second loss of the year.
Powell died instantly in the crash while Tidwell passed away en route to the hospital.