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Loved ones remember Irvine teen Ashton Sweet at funeral service

June 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A crowd of 900 people showed up to an Irvine church Monday evening to remember Ashton Sweet, the teenager who was killed after the car she was riding in was struck by a suspected drunken driver.

Those who knew the Northwood High School freshman said at the funeral service at Chinese Baptist Church of Central Orange County that she will have a lasting impact on their lives.

"She was the daughter, the sister, the teammate, the friend and girlfriend everyone wished they could have," said P.J. Miller, a friend. "I was lucky to have her in my life as long as I did."

While there were many somber moments, the 14-year-old's friends shared funny stories. Sweet's parents and grandparents said they find strength in knowing she was loved by so many of her classmates.

"Seeing how much she was loved, seeing them love her too," said Sweet's mother, Elizabeth Sweet. "We just aren't alone. It would be easily to feel alone if it weren't that way."

The crash happened May 29, but Sweet was declared dead May 31.

Sweet's family said they take comfort knowing that they helped save six lives by donating her organs. They hope they will meet the recipients one day.