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Crash Victim's Family To Hold Vigil

January 1, 2014, 5:55 PM by Angela Kennecke

Crash Victim's Family To Hold Vigil
Tayna Sanchez

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

38-year-old Tanya Sanchez, a mother of six, was killed. She was passenger in the van and was with her husband and brother, who have minor injuries.

Her relatives are holding a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. tonight at the site of the deadly crash.

Tanya Sanchez death leaves a gaping hole filled with sorrow for her family. 

"What's going on, how we feel; it affects everybody.  Everybody hurts.

Fredericka Mirreaux and her daughter Brittany Two Hawks are Sanchez' cousins. Sanchez leaves behind six children ranging in age from one to 18. 

"And some of those kids have special needs. She did a lot for them," Mirreaux said.

Mirreaux says this tragedy hits her family especially hard, because of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

"This is the second time one of our family has gotten hit by a drunk driver. The first one happened in 2000. That was my half-sister and they killed her," Mirreaux said. 

Mirreaux hopes that justice will be served after Sanchez' death. But most of all she will miss the woman she describes as a kind and friendly.

"If you needed something she was there. She'd help you," Mirreaux said.

And the family hopes tonight's vigil at the crash site for Sanchez can start the healing process.

"We're doing this candlelight because we're trying to get everybody together to go to where the spot was and have candlelight for her; and her husband and my husband sing pow-wow songs and memorial songs to remember her," Mirreaux said.

The family is also working to set up a fund for Sanchez' six children.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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