Mother of Teen Killed Speaks Out

Mother of Teen Killed Speaks Out

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 5:21pm

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.


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I offer my deepest condolences to the Boatright family,things happen for a reason and now may GOD look over her family because a young person who is taken from the world is sure to be in heaven,Amen " We must forgive to be forgiven "

My condelenceses go the the Boatright's and it's really sad to hear that we are losing what we may say our future the young kids due to negligence.I hope god will find the way to ease the family's pain which will never go away. And to the the person that killed ur precious girl I hope tht GOD will do his part to punish this person.

Agreed, people like this have no business behind the wheel of a vehicle. Another bright future cut short by a slug. My sympathies to all affected by the loss of this young lady...God be with her.

Amy...if you read this, my condolences go out to you...I was very sad to hear the sad news about Johnny. I knew her dad very well..we grew up together in Westway. I'm very sad to hear about Johnny.

Martha Gomez (Steve's sister)

I hope the person responsible is kept in jail, and not let go free. My brother was also killed by a drunk driver about 30 years ago and to this day my mother still mourns him and so do we! My sympathy to the Mrs. Boatright and family and she is in our prayers!

Com'on stop drinking and driving....
Be responsible, we have lost too many loved ones because of stupidity like this!

God Johnnie I never thought I'd lose you this way. they took you away too soon you were destined for great things no matter who or what was in your way. RIP Johnnie Boatright Your a girl I'll never forget.


Drunk or not the fact you would leave is enough for me to say you are no different than someone who planned to kill someone. Hope the law gets the job done and makes this a stiff, stiff penalty to remind others what will happen if you make the mistake to leave someone there to die alone after you killed them.

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