Floods claim homecoming queen

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI) – Raging flood water claimed the life of a Devine, Texas teenager over the weekend.

Alyssa Ramirez’s family and friends said she was on her way home from prom when the water swept away her car.

Ramirez was homecoming queen, a cheerleader, and a tennis and volleyball player. She was known for her vibrant smile and competitive spirit.

“She was a good person,” said Amber Contreras as she found back tears. “She was always competitive.”

“Every time you walk by her, she was smiling, lightened up everybody’s mood,” said classmate Shay Agbert.

Barricades were not on the road when Alyssa was driving home after prom. Her car stalled out in high water on FM 2200, just a couple of miles away from her home.

“She did the right things,” said Alyssa’s aunt Roberta Ramirez. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”

Roberta said Alyssa’s mother and father went to look for her, but the raging water had already swept away her car.

“They weren’t able to find her until this morning,” Roberta said. “When crews were out there, they were able to locate the vehicle, which wasn’t too far away.”

While Roberta said Alyssa’s parents can’t believe their little girl is gone, they are relying on their faith to get them through this tragic time.

“They said she looked just as beautiful, she just looked like she was sleeping,” said Roberta. “They rest assure that she was a very strong believer and she has her place in Heaven and they’ll meet her again soon.”

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