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Second teen dies after crash in Bayou Terrebonne

Berthe Griffin Berthe Griffin
Justin Naquin Justin Naquin

Montegut, La. - Kim Griffin isn't ready to cut off the wristband from Ochsner Medical Center.  It would feel too final.

"It's like my connection to her, the last connection I have to her," she says.

Griffin's daughter, 15-year-old Berthe Griffin, died Tuesday. The teen had been on life support for more than a week after the car she was in landed upside down in Bayou Terrebonne.

"Her heart stopped beating," says Griffin. "She stopped taking breaths over the machine first. Then she gave up, she couldn't do it."

Louisiana State Police say Berthe's uncle, 18-year-old Justin Naquin, was speeding and possibly intoxicated when he lost control at a curve in Montegut.

16-year-old Sheila Naquin made it out of the car. The family says it took rescuers more than 20 minutes to get Berthe out of the backseat.

Justin's body was found when a tow truck pulled the car out of the water.

"When somebody leaves like that, part of you is gone with them because I got a big hole in my heart right now," says Shirley Pellegrin, Justin's mother.

The family says it's too quiet now that the teens are gone. Berthe always smiled, according to her mom.

Justin loved to make people laugh, especially his one-year old son.

"Them two, they was like inseparable," says Justin's twin sister, Justina Naquin.

The family set up trust funds in memory of both teens. Justin Naquin didn't have life insurance and Berthe Griffin's didn't cover funeral expenses.

They plan to put any leftover donations in fund for Justin's son.

Berthe's mother says her daughter wanted to be a pediatrician when she grew up because the teen loved to help others.

Even in death she gave one final gift, her organs.

"It's what she would have wanted," says Griffin. "I mean she's not there anymore, I already know she's like in a better place, that's what I'm holding onto but she would have wanted that."

Now the family that just buried one young member will say goodbye to another. Berthe Griffin's funeral is Tuesday.

You can donate to the trust funds at any Capital One bank location.

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