Josie Freier and one of her best friends, McKenzie Mott, both 15, were killed in an accident in Spokane Valley on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, after the 2002 Infiniti I35 they were riding in hit a tree. The community has come together to honor their memory and mourn their loss.
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McKenzie Mott’s family released a brief statement this week thanking the community for their love and support. “McKenzie Mott’s tragic end is the stone that the Lord has thrown into the pond of life we all live in, and its ripples have touched all of us in this community in some way,” the statement said.
Rick Freier wiped away tears as he described his daughter working in the Toys for Tots warehouse and picking out toys for needy families. “Every kid loves Christmas, right?” he said. “Jo Jo loved giving presents more than she loved getting them.” He described his daughter as caring and passionate and willing to stick up for others. She was an avid soccer player; her father was her first coach. “She quickly outgrew my ability to teach her anything,” he noted. Her 8-year-old sister was just starting to play the game and the two would play together in the yard for hours, Freier said.