Friends, family, classmates and members of the community gathered to honor her life.Lauren was an 8th grade student at McNiel Junior High and as friends mourn the loss of their classmate, they are also reminded of the legacy she will leave behind.
“She was such a great friend, she was so compassionate about her friends and her family,” Tiffany Tate, a friend of Lauren, said. “She was so joyous around people, you never had a bad time around her.”“She was always a nice kind friend, she always helped you through your bad days and she always made you smile,” Kyrah Perez, another friend, said.
While Lauren will be missed by so many, her grace and kindness will not be forgotten.“She was beautiful inside and out, like she didn’t have a mean bone in her body,” Nia McGowan, a friend of Lauren’s, said. “She was so passionate, she could make anyone smile…like it was impossible to be sad around her.”
At the service, Lauren’s father spoke and recalled the joy and compassion that radiated from his daughter and said her motto for life was “laugh, love, and live.”
“What I want everybody here to take from this is to celebrate the life of Lauren, a wonderful, beautiful soul who touched so many people,” Vern Landavazo, Lauren’s father, said.
Lauren’s father also talked about the outpouring of support from the Wichita Falls community, and the large part it’s played in helping them cope with this devastating loss.“What kept us here and what made us want to raise our daughter here among you beautiful people, was the fact that I know, I don’t care what your beliefs are, people are full of love and compassion and joy for life,” Vern Landavazo said.
To end the service, friends and family released balloons in Lauren’s honor, and while the balloons sailed away, Lauren’s memory will remain and live on through the many lives she touched.Lauren leaves behind her mother, father and her brother.