A flash flood claimed the life of a Texas homecoming queen this weekend. Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was driving home to Devine from her prom in San Antonio when her car became stuck in rising waters.
“She did the right things,” Roberta Ramirez, the teen’s aunt, told News 4 San Antonio. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”
A local obituary reports that the popular teen was a cheerleader, president of the student council and a star athlete on both the tennis and volleyball teams at Devine High School.
Alyssa, who hoped to be an optometrist, considered waiting until morning to make the 35-mile drive, a final tweet revealed: “The fact that we may be stuck in SA overnight bc rain is so sad,” she posted.
Several extremely powerful storms cut through areas of Texas on Saturday night as Ramirez and her fellow classmates celebrated in San Antonio.
Alyssa’s frantic parents searched for her throughout Saturday night, but there were no signs of her until the flood waters receded, and that’s when emergency crews recovered her body a short distance from her car.
As news spread through the small town heartbroken classmates began to mourn her death.
“I don’t doubt for a second that she’s our guardian angel watching over us,” friend Alyssa Schmidt told KENS 5.
A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday in Devine followed by the funeral on Wednesday.