Bands played, voices sang till our hearts lifted

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The Queenstown mother of a teen car crash victim says a tribute day has enabled a “massive amount of healing”. 

Kaye Law and her family hosted an afternoon of music and memories last Saturday – one year to the day after their Jessica, 16, was killed in a car smash, just minutes from home. 

Kaye made a public invitation in last week’s Mountain Scene to those who knew Jessica – a talented up-and-coming singer-songwriter – and to other grieving families going through a similar experience. 

From noon till late evening on New Year’s Day, talented Wakatipu youth filled the Law home and backyard with music, Kaye says. 

“The bands played, the voices sang and hearts were lifted. 

“To see a dream come into reality, to see what’s in the mind’s eye actually materialise, was such an amazing feeling. 

“A massive amount of healing has happened.” 

Kaye says the hardest part of the day came around 4.30pm – “the period of time that Jessica would have left us”.
During that moment, a DVD of Jessica performing songs when she won a local competition was played. 

Kaye thanks those who attended and helped her family through the day using “the power of love and the magic of music”. 

On the day of the accident – January 1, 2010 – Jessica was a backseat passenger in a car driven by her friend Josephine Clay, also 16 at the time. Clay was later sentenced to 650 hours of community service for dangerous driving causing death and injury. 

Another passenger Jesse Boulay suffered severe brain injuries – his mother Karen told Mountain Scene last week that he’d made astounding progressing in the past few months.