NewsLocal News


Mom speaks at emotional vigil for Petersburg woman killed in motorcycle crash

Posted at 10:51 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 23:18:14-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A Monday night vigil honored a 25-year-old Petersburg woman killed in motorcycle crash. As she held back tears, Katoria Spellman’s mother said her daughter died doing what she loved to do.

"I just never imagined she wouldn't be here or doing something she loved would take her away from me," Katoria's mother Keycia Bonner said. She said the people who showed up in numbers Monday night gave her the strength and courage to continue on. She said the large crowd of people who gathered at Poplar Lawn Park in Petersburg was like a group hug.

Katoria Spellman vigil

Katoria, 25, died on her motorcycle when another driver hit her on I-95 South in Colonial Heights last Thursday night. She had just been by to visit her mom at work.

"She was my strength. She said I was her hero, but really she was mine," Bonner said. "She just lived life to the fullest and let nothing stop her."

Spellman was a bright spot in a lot of lives that gathered to remember her big smile and passion for powerful things, like motorcycles.

Katoria Spellman

Her good friend Lisa Londyn said Katoria's tragic death changed her life.

"Just call your family, call your friends and tell them you love them because tomorrow isn't promised," Londyn said.

Funeral services for Katoria Spellman will be Thursday at noon at Good Shepherd Church, on South Crater Road.