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Celebrating to remember

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Accident victims’ families, friends gather to celebrate birthday, remember girls

By Mallory Bilger

An estimated 50 to 75 friends and family members of Shelby Bockting and Michaella ‘Mikie’ Monroe gathered at Valley Cemetery on Sunday to celebrate what would have been Bockting’s 18th birthday.

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Bockting and Monroe were Spencer County High School juniors when they were killed Jan. 18, 2012, in a one-vehicle automobile accident on Mike Brown Road. The crowd released balloons containing special messages to the girls at 3:15 p.m., approximately the time the girls died.

Bockting’s mother, Tammy Bockting, coordinated the event. Tammy said she wanted the girls to be remembered for the light they brought to everyone’s lives. "I think (Shelby’s) birthday turnout speaks loudly when it comes to how much she was adored. We miss our beautiful Shelbs and Mikie. I guess the song ‘Only the good die young’ has some meaning to it," Tammy said.