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Raleigh Family Talks About Loss Of Daughter Killed In Va. Crash

Posted January 29, 2005 5:44 a.m. EST

— A Virginia teenager faces manslaughter charges in connection with the death of Wakefield High School cheerleader Jaimee Kellerman. Now, Kellerman's family is talking about their loss and the person who police charged in the deadly crash.

Her parents said as a child, Kellerman talked about angels she believed she saw.

"If that is the reason she touched as many lives she did, I don't have the answers to that, but I do know she was special," said Liz Kellermann, the girl's mother.

"She touched everybody's lives. She was just awesome, and everybody loved her so much," said Michael Kellermann, Jaimee's brother.

Kellermann was a freshman at Wakefield High School. She was also a varsity cheerleader. Her friends said could cheer up anyone. Her mother said she was quick with a smile or a helping hand.

"She was fair, kind, beautiful inside and out. She touched children's lives just by saying hello to them," Liz said.

Last month, all of her friends and family crowded her funeral service to say goodbye. As her father, Mike, looked at the flowers from that day, he said he was glad police charged the 17-year-old boy who was driving when they crashed.

"Especially kids that age need to realize, it's a privilege to be driving a car," he said. "When you've got other lives at stake, it's not a right they can play with. You're playing with other lives."

Mike Kellermann said police told him the driver of the car was going more than 80 miles per hour when the car crashed.