Candlelight vigil held for man killed by drunk driver - KOTA Territory News

Candlelight vigil held for man killed by drunk driver


Snow and tears fell Monday night, at a candlelight vigil to honor a KOTA Territory man who died after getting hit by a drunk driver.

One year ago, 51–year old Terry Brown was hit by a drunk driver on the railroad tracks on Milwaukee Street. "When it's your time to go it doesn't matter where you're at, what you're doing, who you're with; when it's your time you'll go, I'm just so angry about the way he went," said Brown's sister April Obr.

So to remember their lost loved one, Terry's family and friends gather by the tracks. "Tonight means a nightmare for me actually, you know, I don't want to be doing this, I just think it's so wrong, but we have to do this to honor our brother every year," said Brown's sister Billie Jo Brown.

"He was generous, caring, [and] giving," said Obr.

"He'd take his shirt off his back and give it to you," said Brown.

Now Terry's family hopes to find some light in the darkness. "We're going to work with the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and make something good come out of this not all this negative," said Brown.

They urge everyone to report drunk drivers, be a designated driver for their friends, and most importantly… "No drunk driving!" said Brown. "All of us need to step up to this because this is in everybody's life, not just ours."

"So look out you drunk drivers," warned Obr.

By turning their grief into motivation they hope to move on, but for now they take it day by day. "It was just a day of remembrance, a day for me to reflect on our life, and I know one day we'll see him again," said Obr.

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