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Visitation held for Devine teen killed in flooding

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DEVINE, Texas – In the small town of Devine, family and close friends are mourning a teen who was killed in deadly floodwaters Saturday night.

On Tuesday, the visitation for Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was held at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine.

"She's just a very good girl," said Theresa Castillo, second cousin to Ramirez. "She's very close to God. She cares about people, (was a) very loving kid and it's just a real tragedy."

Ramirez was on her way home from her senior prom when her car was swept away by floodwaters on FM 2200.

Castillo said she was told that moments before her death, Ramirez called for help.

"When she hit the water, her car stalled," said Castillo. "She called 911. She called her daddy and her daddy was less than five minutes away and by the time he got there, she was gone."

Castillo said because Ramirez was so young and with such a bright future ahead of her, her death has been extremely difficult for everyone, but some are taking comfort in her faith.

"(It's a) comfort for us that she was close to God and (was) very strong in her faith," said Castillo. "And the fact that she left this world with a smile on her face."

Family members brought Ramirez's journal from school to the funeral home on Tuesday night.

In her journal, she stated that she wanted to leave a legacy behind.

"Before she graduated from high school, what she wanted to do was leave a legacy of her life," said Castillo. "And I think she has."


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