ST. HELENS, Ore. -- Friends of a St. Helens woman killed in a car crash last July were grieving all over again on after vandals destroyed her roadside memorial Sunday.
Kristina Brixey died on July 22 near the intersection of Highway 30 and Bennett Road. The 23-year-old mom was on her way to work when she pulled into the path of a dump truck and was killed in the collision, police said.
"Everytime I drive by here I always just take a glance (at the memorial) and see my friend," said close friend Molly Weston. This time I happened to glance over and I saw nothing."
Weston felt numb. She hoped she was mistaken, that the place where Brixey had died had not been desecrated.
"As soon as I got here and saw that everything was gone it was devastating," said Weston.
Several potted flowers and an assortment of angels were gone. So were two crosses made by Brixey's friends, one of them hand-painted by Brixey's husband, with pink paint Brixey had bought herself.
"At first I was really hurt," said Brixey's sister-in-law, Jennie Brixey. "That somebody would do such a thing... (the hurt) kind of turned into anger and motivation like, somebody can't hurt us like that, we've already gone through enough."
"She was one of the most amazing people I've ever known," said Weston.
As painful as finding the ruined memorial was, loved ones said it wouldn't stop them from rebuilding their place of solace and reflection for their friend.
"We're going to make it more beautiful than it was before and if it gets destroyed again we're just going to keep doing it because we love her," vowed Weston.
A donation fund is still open at the St. Helens Federal Credit Union to help Brixey's husband and 2-year-old daughter.