WICHITA FALLS, TX - The employees at the Comet Cleaners on Southwest Parkway and Kemp Boulevard describe themselves as family.
That might be why flowers were already waiting at their door before opening this week -- after losing one of their own in a car accident over the weekend, 19-year-old Vinita Trevino.
"She's absolutely amazing. Never met an enemy. Never met a stranger. She was the life of the party. We loved having her here," Cassie Kunkel, friend and coworker, said.
Cassie said she and Vinita were not just coworkers -- they were great friends.
At their work party, they were voted a dynamic duo and the two were always making plans to hang out.
"I was texting her Saturday about a painting class we were supposed to do. So, that was hard. But Friday and Saturday was the last time I had spoken to her," Cassie said.
Vinita and Cassie also related on their dreams to someday become nurses. Vinita was studying pre-nursing at the Vernon College location in Wichita Falls.
"She's a character. Her goal in life - I mean we talked about nursing. Her goal was to make people happy. To make 'em smile. Whether she was having a bad day or not, you would never know or wouldn't know for long," Kimberly Gerstner, friend and coworker, said.
"It's been hard - in general - coming to work and knowing she won't be here. It'll be hard.... to move on," Cassie said.
These coworkers, who are more like family, said they have already received overwhelming support from the community and their loyal customers. Meanwhile, they are leaning on one another and remembering the good times with their vivacious friend who was taken from this world far too soon.
All Wichita Falls Comet Cleaners will close from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. tomorrow in order for employees to attend her funeral, which starts at 2 p.m. in the Petrolia High Auditorium.
The family is asking everyone to dress in their favorite Texas rodeo attire -- something they feel Vinita would want.
An account has been set up through Fidelity Bank to assist the Trevino family with expenses.
One of the Vernon College students injured in that accident is up and walking while the other remains in critical condition.
20-year-old Jakob Plummer of Wichita Falls and 20-year-old Drew Hill of Canadian are being treated at at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene
Drew is now in good condition and family members say he is up and getting around with the help of a walker.
According to members of the Plummer family, Jakob is still unconscious and is on a ventilator after having a kidney and his spleen removed.
He has a broken shoulder, a broken rib, torn ligaments in one leg and bruised lung.
If you would like to help the Plummer family with medical expenses, there is a GoFundMe page where you can donate.
GoFund Me page for Jakob Plummer
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