UNION GROVE, Ala. (WZDX) - The family of ten-year-old Jaden Coppens is living in a world of grief and trying to make sense of her tragic death.
Coppens was killed Tuesday in a bizarre, ten car wreck in South Huntsville. Jaden Coppens was killed. Her mother, Andrea Coppens and older sister Jasmine were seriously injured.
The youngest sister, Journey, only sustained minor injuries. Now, home from the hospital and staying with grandparents, the eight year old is learning to cope without the sister she idolized.
"She was sometimes, you know funny and most of the time sassy," says Journey.
The little girl was eager Thursday to show off videos and pictures of the sister she grew up relentlessly imitating. Journey's words now remind everyone that life is a precious and fragile gift.
"She always thought I was trying to copy her," says Journey. "She didn't like it. But it really just meant that she inspired me to do what she did."
For Jaden's grandmother, Lucy Vest Slater, the grief is more than she can bear.
"We just loved Jaden," says Slater.
Slater says words aren't enough to explain how the spunky ten year old could so easily light up a room.
"I just can't say enough about her sweet personality and she was just full of fun and laughed all the time. She just had a love for life and brought joy to all of us," Slater says.
The proud grandmother says now, all she has left are photos of Jaden. But she says the memories are priceless and precious.
"She was the light of our life and we're going to miss her so very much."