TIMBERLAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — A family from Person County devastated by a car crash while on vacation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is continuing to mourn the loss of two young girls.
Dakota Shepherd,11, and Skyler Emore were cousins, and died Tuesday night when a car hit their minivan.
“She was funny, stylish. She was always so friendly and she texted me all the time,” said Hannah Brann, who was one of Dakota’s best friends and first met Dakota in kindergarten.
Hannah found out from her mom Wednesday morning that her best friend died in a car crash in Myrtle Beach. Wednesday night she had a message for Dakota.
“That I love and miss her and I hope she’s at a better place,” Hannah said.
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Dakota and Hannah went to Helena elementary school together and were inseparable for the last 8 years.
Wednesday night, Hannah, wore the earrings Dakota bought for her Christmas gift.
“I don’t know how to describe how sad I feel for the family,” said Daphne Hughes, a neighbor of the victim.
Neighbors of the Dakota’s family also had difficulty taking in the news.
“It was just so sudden and unexpected,” Hughes said.
Daphne Hughes said her son often played with Dakota in the neighborhood and went to school together. She described the 11-year-old as “happy go lucky, very friendly, very friendly with all the kids.”
Both Dakota and her cousin, Skylar Emore,, are being remembered and loved – all throughout the community.
A family friend said Dakota’s brother is currently in intensive care – fighting for his life.
The driver of a car involved in the crash, Joseph Neil Dejean of Louisiana, has been charged with two counts of reckless homicide.