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Homecoming queen dies on way home from prom, swept away in flood waters

Posted at 12:41 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-26 12:41:31-04

DEVINE, Texas — An 18-year-old Texas girl was killed on her way home from prom when she was swept away by raging flood waters. Alyssa Ramirez was Devine High School’s homecoming queen, a cheerleader, a tennis player and a member of the volleyball team. Now, those closest to the 18-year-old are mourning her loss.

“She was a good person. She was always competitive,” Amber Contreras told KABB.

Just hours before her death, Alyssa attended her senior prom. On her way home, her car stalled out in high water just a couple of miles away from her home. Alyssa’s parents went to search for her, but the water had already swept away her car.

Alyssa Ramirez

Alyssa Ramirez

“She did the right things. She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick,” Roberta Ramirez, Alyssa’s aunt, said. “They weren’t able to find her until this morning when crews were out there. They were able to locate the vehicle, which wasn’t too far away.”

Alyssa’s family said they could not believe she was gone, but said they relied on faith to get them through the tragedy.

“They rest assured that she was a very strong believer and she has her place in heaven and they’ll meet her again soon,” Ramirez said.

Sadly, this is the fourth time in four years that Devine High School has lost a member of its graduating class.