HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WJZY) - The father of a local high school student killed in a car crash said he couldn't have asked for a more perfect daughter. He said half his heart is gone. He just can't believe that his daughter died.
"It's been a nightmare, it just don't seem real, it's like she's playing a joke, like she's going to spring back, 'Here I am Daddy,'" Anthony Reel said.
Reel was supposed to be celebrating his daughter En'Joneah Reel turning 15-years-old next week. Instead, he said she'll be buried on her birthday.
"After leaving the funeral home, and viewing her body, it's kind of setting in now," Reel said.
En'Joneah, a cheerleader and track star at North Meck High School, was killed in a car crash Thursday on McCoy Road in Huntersville.
"That's my baby girl, I'm going to miss her, I couldn't ask for a more perfect child," Reel said.
Anthony Reel said his daughter was riding with her boyfriend Kalvin "Quez" McCollum, a football player at North Meck, when the crash happened.
Anthony Reel said Quez is now in the hospital recovering from surgery after the crash.
"He's a wonderful guy, he's a fighter, what he's going through now, he's going to pull through," Reel said.
He is heartbroken that his daughter is gone.
"As a father, you try your best to protect your children and I feel so helpless because there's nothing I can do to fix it," Reel explained. "To be gone so quick and so soon, it's going to take some time, it's going to take some time."
Funeral arrangements for En'Joneah Reel have not been finalized. Investigators have not released any details on what led up to the crash.