Texas Homecoming Queen Killed

Published: May 26, 2015

Texas Homecoming Queen Killed, A community is mourning the loss of a high school homecoming queen killed in this weekend’s floods. Alyssa Ramirez, a graduating senior, died in Devine on her way home from prom.

On Sunday, a small memorial was left behind at the small section of FM 2200 where Alyssa’s car was swept away.

Devine is located southwest of San Antonio.

Loved ones left items from Alyssa’s car, roses, and mementos of things she held dear — a tennis shirt and a makeshift cross.

I don’t doubt for a second that she’s our guardian angel watching over us,” said Alyssa Schmidt, one of Alyssa’s best friends.

“She’s just a very sweet, beautiful soul, just radiant,” said one of her teachers, Monica Taylor.

Alyssa, a homecoming queen and star athlete at Devine High School, left her prom in San Antonio on a rainy Saturday night.

Before leaving she sent out a tweet, saying “the fact that we may be stuck in SA overnight because rain is so sad :(((”

She decided to take the drive anyway. She was about two miles from home when her car stalled in rising water on a section of FM 2200, which had not yet been blocked off.

In a flash, the water swept her away.

“We had all spent time with her, we were just getting ready that morning. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it,” said Schmidt.

Eyewitness News talked off-camera to Alyssa’s father, who said he was in unimaginable emotional pain.

Her friends say they’ll be there for the family, taking comfort in each other and the faith she held so dear.

“One of the things she recently said in her Sunday school is she wanted to love people better and love people more,” said Schmidt. “I think that’s the best way to honor her memory, is to love more.”

The Devine High School will hold a memorial service on Saturday to celebrate Alyssa’s life and give students and faculty members within the school district a chance to say goodbye.

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