Friends and family of the two local girls who died in a tragic boating accident earlier this month -are coming together to remember them.
Wednesday those friends and family held a celebration to honor their memory because they believe that’s what Lauren and Cassie would have wanted.
Lauren was only 26 years old and Cassie just 20.
“They were two incredibly happy young women and they would’ve wanted to be remembered in a joyous atmosphere.”
Austin Andersen wasn’t just a friend and neighbor of Lauren and Cassie’s.
She was practically their sister.
“We’d do princess hide and go seek, which is a made up game we’ve been playing for I’d like to say 18 years,” says Anderson. “We love to go around and get Dairy Queen slushies and really when we’re all together we’re just one big family.”
She says they were bright, adventurous, happy go lucky.
Lauren spent time in Ethiopia as a member of the Peace Corp.
Cassie was in show choir and a dancer.
“You want to smile just being by them, you want to share your stories and listen to their’s because they’re just so bubbly and full of laughter,” says Anderson. “They make you feel like a real person, you don’t have to pretend to be anything for them. They love you for who you are and that is one of the most unique things about them, is you can be you.”
Candles, a symbol for two sisters who were lights to all who knew them.
Lit by the ones who loved them most and want to keep their memory alive.
A memory that will live on despite their physical absence.
“One of the things that I’m going to miss most is as we go over to each other‘s houses we’re going to be two people short, but they’re going to forever be with us in spirit,” says Anderson.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the Laabs family to support them during this difficult time; it’s already raised more than $20,000.
You can also donate to the family through any Associated Bank branch in the area.