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Mothers of 4 teens killed in crash honor daughters on first anniversary of accident

"We all knew each other before, but to lose a daughter at the same time creates a bond we wish we didn't have. But we can help each other every day," one of the mothers said.

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The mothers of four high school teens in Nebraska who were killed in a fiery crash last year honored their daughters on the anniversary of the accident.

Addisyn Pfeifer, Abby Barth, Kloe Odermatt and Alex Minardi died when their car veered off the road in Gretna, Nebraska, on June 17, 2019.

One passenger, Roan Brandon, survived.

They chose a venue with volleyball courts to remember their daughters because the girls always carried volleyballs for spontaneous matches. They played one last time in the high school parking lot before the deadly crash.

"Big or small, it always help to know people remember them. We just fear the day it stops happening. We hope it doesn't," said Wendy Pfeifer, Addisyn's mother.

The mothers said they don't need the anniversary to remind them of the day they lost their daughters.

"I still wake up every day with a huge panic attack trying to remember if it was real," said Tonja Minardi, Alex's mom.

What's real is the love they feel from the community. Hundreds turned out to remember the four teens. Seeing classmates and other teens helps the families heal their broken hearts.

"It's uplifting," said Abby Barth, Abby's mom. "We can honor them and connect and helps us not be stuck in the sorrow constantly."

Like their daughters, the four mothers now have a special bond.

"We all knew each other before, but to lose a daughter at the same time creates a bond we wish we didn't have. But we can help each other every day," said Julie Odermatt, Kloe's mom.

The women are also connected with the same tattoo. They each have a tattoo on their hands with four different colored hearts commemorating each girl, with their daughter's heart filled in.

"Life is precious. We have to keep moving and keep their memories alive," said Tonja Minardi.

The families also raise money for several scholarships. One is "Four the Four." It's a college scholarship for Gretna High School students. There are also individual scholarships in the names of each girl.

"Someone will be able to pass down the story and keep sharing who they were," said Wendy Pfeifer.

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