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Memorial created 10-8-2008 by
Debi Baker
Cassandra Leigh Baker
April 8 1985 - August 10 2008

ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2008 AT 3 PM I HAD TWO FLORIDA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CARS PULL INTO MY DRIVEWAY.  THEY ASKED ME IF I HAD TALKED WITH MY 23 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CASSANDRA THAT DAY. I TOLD THEM I HAD TALKED TO HER SATURDAY MORNING BUT NOT YET TODAY.  THEY ASKED TO COME IN AND I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH IT,  I'M NOT SURE WHY IT DIDN'T HIT ME THAT THEY WERE "HIGHWAY PATROL".  THEY STARTED TO EXPLAIN TO ME ABOUT A VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT HAD OCCURED AT 1:30 AM.  I INFORMED THEM THAT MY DAUGHTER DIDN'T HAVE A VEHICLE, BUT HER BOYFRIEND DID.  THEY SEEMED PRETTY ADAMANT THAT CASSANDRA WAS INVOLVED.  I ASKED IF I WAS GOING TO BE NEEDED TO IDENTIFY THE BODY SO I COULD PROVE IT WASN'T MY DAUGHTER CASSANDRA.  THIS IS WHEN I WAS INFORMED THAT THE BODY COULD ONLY BE IDENTIFED THROUGH DENTAL RECORDS.  MY HEART WENT TO MY FEET.  THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THE TRUCK STARTING ON FIRE.....WELL, I THOUGHT, IT CAN'T BE CASSANDRA....HER BOYFRIENDS TRUCK IS A 2008.  THEY ASKED ME TO PLEASE CALL THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ON MONDAY TO GIVE THEM THE DENTIST'S NAME.  THEY LEFT AND I PACKED THE TWINS INTO THE STROLLER AND WE WALKED AND WALKED AND WALKED.  I WAS DETERMINED THAT I WOULD FIND CASSANDRA AND PROVE MY DAUGHTER WAS STILL HERE.  WE WALKED FOR HOURS WITH NO SIGHT OF CASSANDRA.  EVERY PERSON I CAME INTO CONTACT I ASKED THEM IF THEY HAD SEEN CASSANDRA THAT DAY.  WE FINALLY WENT HOME AFTER MANY HOURS. 

ON MONDAY MORNING I CALLED THE MEDICAL EXAMINER AND ASKED IF THEY STILL NEEDED THE DENTAL INFORMATION; FIGURING THEY HAD ALREADY FOUND OUT IT WASN'T MY BABY.  THEY ASKED ME ABOUT TATTOOS, SCARS OR OPERATIONS.  I EXPLAINED THAT CASSANDRA HAD A TATTOO OF HER SONS NAME ON HER SHOULDER, A C-SECTION SCAR, AND THAT HER BOYFRIEND HAD BROKEN HER FRONT TOOTH TWO DAYS PRIOR.  THEY INFORMED ME THAT THEY WOULD SEE IF THAT COULD EITHER PROVE IT WAS OR WASN'T MY DAUGHTER.  I SPENT THE REST OF THE DAY WALKING AND ON THE PHONE....MY HEART STARTED BREAKING THIS DAY WHEN I STILL HADN'T HEARD FROM HER, HER BOYFRIEND AND NO-ONE HAD SEEN HER.

ON WEDNESDAY, THE MEDICAL EXAMINER CALLED MY HOME WITH THE NEWS THAT SHATTERED THE WORLD THAT I KNEW.  MY FIRST BORN DAUGHTER WAS NO LONGER WITH ME.  I FELL TO MY FACE AND JUST CRIED AND CRIED.  HOW COULD THIS BE TRUE?  SHE IS 23 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I FOUND OUT THAT THERE WERE 3 PEOPLE THERE THAT TRIED EVERYTHING TO SAVE HER LIFE.  ONE OF THE GUYS, PAUL, BROKE THE WINDOWS OUT TRYING TO GET HER OUT.  NOTHING ANYONE DID HELPED.  THE ACCIDENT CAUSED CASSANDRA TWO BROKEN LEGS.  THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY COULDN'T GET HER OUT BECAUSE HER LEGS WERE PINNED.  WHAT RIPS MY HEART OUT THE MOST IS THAT MY BABY WAS AWAKE AND FULLY AWARE OF HERSELF BURNING TO DEATH. 

NOW WHAT??? I WAS AT A LOSS AS TO WHAT TO DO.  THANKFULLY MY MOTHER, MY FATHER AND MY FRIEND DENICE WERE ABLE TO HELP.  MY PARENTS CAME FROM NEW YORK TO BE WITH ME.  DENICE HELPED ME TO CONTACT A FUNERAL HOME.  THEY WERE WONDERFUL, THEY CAME TO HER HOME TO MEET WITH ME.

NOW, I SPEND EACH DAY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY.  WHY DID THE TRUCK START ON FIRE???? IT HAS BEEN 2 MONTHS ON THE DAY THAT I WRITE THIS THAT MY BABY RECEIVED HER WINGS MUCH TO YOUNG.

 

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