Texoma reacts to shooting and reflects on life of Lauren Landavazo

Texoma reacts to shooting and reflects on life of Lauren Landavazo

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - More flowers, messages, crosses and teddy bears have accumulated at the site where Lauren Landavazo and Makayla Smith were shot.
Local community members continued to gather at a memorial off Kingston Drive in honor of the two girls, including police stopping by and hand delivering a teddy bear.
Haley James, a friend of Lauren, remembers Friday.
    "I just remember sprinting to her house, with my little bunny ears, seeing if she was ok," James said. "Because I didn't know how it happened. I just wanted to know how."
Chad Donaldson, a neighbor of Lauren, said it was a very hard day.
    "It was one of the worst things I have ever seen when I stepped up and saw her mother because she had just found out about it also," Donaldson said. "That one was pretty hard."
James said Lauren was full of happiness.
    "She's always been happy," James said. "She can light up the room right when you walk in. If she see's somebody sad, it's not going to do you any good. She makes sure everybody is smiling and happy."
Donaldson will always carry a lasting memory of Lauren.
    "She was in my driveway the other day and just had the biggest smile on her face when she got home from school," Donaldson said. "And I was just getting home from a bad day at the office. Having her smile next to me just changed it all."
How do these two and the family want you to remember Lauren?
    "They want to remember Lauren by the way she loved people and not the way her life ended," James said.
    "It's been said that she was a beautiful girl with a tomboy inside," Donaldson said. "That was Lauren."
Officials district wide said tomorrow anyone that want's to wear purple can.
There will also be a viewing open to the public for Lauren at Owens and Brumley funeral home Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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