Mother turns 6-year-old daughter's death into chance to save other lives

WAFB 9 NEWS | Kiran Chawla, Reporter

As a family battles the shock and grief of their little girl's sudden death, they're still reaching out to help others. In some way, Emily Branstetter said it is what is helping her family heal.

"She will be remembered every second of every day," Branstetter said.

Branstetter is a single mother of three beautiful girls, Madeline, Olivia and Ava.

Ava had just recently won a $1,000 fundraiser out of 8,700 children. She said she wanted to buy her mom a new home and car with the money and give each of the children on her school bus $200. When she realized that could not happen, she settled with season passes to Blue Bayou for her and her two sisters.

On Thursday, May 26 around 7:30 p.m., after leaving a cousin's pre-K graduation party, Ava and her sister Olivia decided to ride home with their grandpa, or "Papi" as they call him. Ironically, the accident was right in front of Blue Bayou.

"It just feels like the way things lined up in an odd way it was almost destined to be that way," Branstetter said.

"She was sitting by the car seat and then after I got out of the car and after a car hit the van again and after my grandpa and the fireman, had to carry her into the truck," Olivia said. Continue reading

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