By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pain was eased for those who knew and loved Padyn Reanell Hughes and Adrienne Trujillo on Wednesday night.
A memorial service was held for the two Eastern New Mexico University students who were killed in a car accident Sunday, and most who spoke remembered how fun and full of life the girls were.
Students, coaches, and family shared memories of how much joy Trujillo and Hughes brought to them, and by the end of the service there may have been more laughs than tears.
A picture slideshow displayed the happy moments in each girl’s life.
Here’s what some of those in attendance had to say:
“She was an amazing person. I never had a sister, but Padyn filled that void.”
— Kelbi Harris, Hughes’ roommate
“The service was beautiful. I loved seeing everyone here. It’s going to be tough going on without them.”
— Marisa Cruz, friend of Trujillo and Hughes
“She was always full of life. The first time I met her, she took my burrito. From that day forth we were friends.”
— Xaavion Sims, friend of Hughes
“I never saw her not smiling, besides when I made her run.”
— Melinda Bendik, Trujillo’s track and field coach at ENMU
“She won homecoming queen her senior year of high school. I was so surprised. She showed people that no matter who you are or what you look like, you should have confidence. I was so proud of her, and then she won prom queen too. She just showed me that it was okay to be yourself.”
— Haylee Ruiz, Hughes’ sister
“I asked them to come see me play. They showed up cheering in the stands making a bunch of noise, and I wasn’t even playing. No one’s ever done that for me. Especially being so far from home, none of my friends there even did that for me. I even put a dent in her (Hughes) car and she still let me drive it. I’m going to miss them so much.”
— Zeinah Lemusu, friend of Hughes and Trujillo from California, who plays on the ENMU volleyball team