On the day that would have been Hannah Leigh Parton's 25th birthday, loved ones gathered at a Huntsville park to honor her memory while still awaiting justice for her death.
Parton was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Still, the person who police believe caused the crash by traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 565 has not been named or charged.
Also killed was 47-year-old Arlene Velasquez. Huntsville police said the crash also injured five others.
Hannah Parton's mother, Sheila Parton, told 1819 News she had been living a nightmare since the day her beautiful daughter was killed.
"She was such a joy and so easy to love," said Sheila Parton. "I will never be the same."
Sheila Parton said she wants the person responsible for the fatal crash to be held accountable.
Saturday was Hannah Parton's birthday. Instead of celebrating with her, her family and friends celebrated her life and the memories they had with her. Some people wrote messages on white balloons and released them after singing Happy Birthday to Hannah.
"This meant so much to me and to my family," Parton's sister, Lyndsey Allen, posted on Facebook. "Today was really tough, you guys made it a bit more bearable."
The vigil was held at Big Spring Park in Huntsville.
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