WICHITA -- A vigil was held Friday night in memory of a Wichita woman who died after a head on collision. Trevadawn Pauley died hours after giving birth to her baby daughter from crash related injuries.
It was a very emotional gathering at the corner of Meridian and Esthner where the crash happened Tuesday night. Trevadawn's loved ones shared hugs and shed tears. Many brought flowers, candles and signs to commemorate her life and to send hope and prayers to her family.
Trevadawn's friends said they will remember her as the 'life of the party' and that she couldn't wait to be a mom.
Her family is going through a very difficult time not only dealing with the death of their loved one, but also since her daughter was born two months early she is said to be struggling. Aniyiah Grace weighs under 3 pounds and remains on a respirator.
Trevadawn's friend Ashley Chastain said all of her friends will have to pull together to support Aniyiah, who has to grow up without her mom.
"It's difficult, but we'll all pull together and we'll all raise Aniyiah the way Treva wanted Aniyiah to be raised," said Chastain. "We'll all be there for her and it won't be the same for her because she won't have Treva, but she'll have a network of friends that will be there for the rest of her life."
Trevadawn's grandmother Patti Cumming said these are difficult times, but she's overwhelmed by the support from Wichita and around the country.
"We weren't prepared for this," said Cumming. "This is the worst thing that's ever happened to me. We've received donations from all over."
Her family set up two memorial funds to help with funeral costs as well as hospital expenses for their baby girl. By Friday evening the two combined for more than $4,000. If you would like to donate, click the link below.