Statue Unveiled Honoring Lauren Landavazo and Makayla Smith

WICHITA FALLS, TX -
Makayla Smith's words of thanks and gratitude were difficult to express, but the meaning was clear, to thank them for all their love and support since that the  day in September that she lost her best friend and was  scarred for life. 
 
Makayla Smith said, "I want to thank everybody that really donated and helped put with the horse, like I really appreciate it." 
 
Bethany Tolley, friend to the Landavazo's, wanted to  create a location where people can and grieve and remember the good memories.
 
"My biggest thing is it's a symbol, " Tolley said. " It's a symbol of love, it's a symbol of hope and inspiration and it's a symbol that's available to anybody in Wichita Falls or anybody that visits and it's right here in front of the school." 
 
While Makayla was involved from the start, it was a surprise for Lauren's parents.
 
Makayla wanted something that will stay in people's hearts forever, which is  why she decided to name the horse forever
 
Makayla said "I based it off the friendships and the love and all the memories that never be forgotten." 
 
"it's all perfect, I mean it symbolizes both girls, they will always be remembered," Bianka Landavazo added. "Makayla has been super strong throughout all this, she's a survivor, she's a fighter and I think she's going to be okay, but no one is going to forget what happened September 2nd, it brought us all together."
 
"Things like this brings a sense of positive energy for us and the more positive the better," Rodney Smith said. 
 
Makayla said the horse will be a constant reminder  of the life lost, and will also tell others in the future  the loss she and others experienced on that Friday afternoon.

 


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