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Vigil Held for Two Accident Victims at Ray High School

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Friends, family and members of the community gathered at a vigil Monday to remember two teenage girls who died in a car accident over the weekend.

Brooke Tatchell, 16, and Alexandra Anderson, 15, were passengers in a pickup truck that was heading north on County Road 364 near Orange Grove Saturday night. Department of Public Safety troopers said that at around 11 p.m., their truck collided with another pickup. Both vehicles overturned, pinning the two teens inside.

Friends said that Tatchell and Anderson were inseparable. Their final moments spent together were captured in a picture taken Saturday night, shortly before they died in the car wreck.

They were both students at Ray High School, which was where the vigil in their memory was held on Monday.

"We love Brooke and Alex," said their friends, Rebecca Ramon and Barbie Perez. "They're both the best. We couldn't ask for anybody better."

Anderson was a sophomore at Ray, and a member of the Lady Texans basketball team. Students said there are plans to retire her jersey number, 45. Her friends say she dreamed of playing professionally one day.

"We're going to dedicate the rest of our season to her," her friends said. "We're going to go hard in all of our games and we will never forget her."

Tatchell was a junior at Ray, and someone friends described as upbeat, kind and always there to make you smile.

"She always cared about the other person," student Angela Padilla said. "she always made me feel like I was important, and she was just an awesome friend."

"She wouldn't want us to stay sad for a long time," student Courtney Weisz said. "She would want us to remember the good times and just be happy, and just know that she's watching over us and that she's always with us."

Both families are accepting donations.