Mother of Teen Killed Speaks Out
POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 4:21pm
EL PASO, TX - 18-year old Johnnie Boatright was set to graduate in May, but that plan was cut short when she was killed in a hit-and-run Friday night. 44-year-old Fernando Sifuentes was arrested, police say he hit and killed Boatright with his truck before driving off.
We spoke with Johnnie's mother Amy Boatright. She said her daughter was looking forward to her future.
"She just wanted to be a part and belong, and make a difference in this world, and she knew life was short because she lost her daddy."
Boatright said Johnnie wanted to be a Veterinarian and go to college, but she also wanted to serve her country in the military.
"As all kids do, she had to learn and she had to make mistakes, and she had to try and grow up and be her own girl. She was a terrific young lady, a terrific young lady. I'm very proud of her."
On Johnnie's Facebook page she described herself as "just a girl trying to make a difference in life." And it appears she valued everyday that was given to her. She wrote, "life is short so make the most of it."
"She was trying to find her wings so she could fly," Boatright said.
Perhaps she is flying, her mom prays she's with her daddy and her grandma in a better place.
As for Amy, she's left alone and thinking about the night her daughter was killed.
"That was pretty cowardly because if he could have stopped and at least been there when she passed away so she wasn't alone, or covered her with a blanket or his jacket so she wasn't cold, or called the police or an ambulance immediately so she, maybe if she was still alive, she could have possibly had another chance."
Johnnies memorial is set for 4 o'clock Thursday at the 1st Baptist Church on Montana.
The family has also setup a memorial fund at the El Paso Area Teachers Federal Credit Union. To donate use account number 164212, under Amy Boatright's name.