CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A princess tiara and a dress are part of the last outfit Destani May's parents will buy her. She'll wear a dress and her tiara when she is laid to rest.
"You know what people can say they're sorry and I know they mean it from the bottom of their heart but they can't give my daughter back. They can't give me back the future that she had ahead of her," said her mother, Rhonda May.
Destani May was a freshman nursing major at East Carolina University. She was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning at West Blvd. and Billy Graham Pkwy.
Police say Roberto Ruiz was driving impaired when he ran a red light and struck the car Destani was in. That car then hit two other cars.
"But she was gone when I got there. So, it was the most devastating thing that I've ever done. I wouldn't wish that in nobody, nobody."
"She was a beautiful girl at the prime of her life," said Destani's father Avery "Pete" May. Her parents say they don't hate Ruiz, but they do hope he receives the maximum sentence.
"I would like to look him in the face and tell him that you know, son you killed my baby and you got to live with that," her father said.
"I don't think he got in the car that morning and said I'm going to go kill somebody or take somebody's daughter or take somebody's child or grandchild. So, I don't hate him and I can honestly say I can pray for his soul," said Rhonda.
As the family prepares to lay their princess to rest, they hold tight to her memory.
"My daughter wasn't just a victim or a statistic, she was vivacious, she was adventurous, she was smart, she was loving, she was caring," she said.
The family is holding a memorial and balloon release ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rankin Park.
If you would like to help they May family with Destani's funeral costs, you can donate to their GoFundMe account by clicking here.