A tragic car accident took the lives of Ilda and Alex Islas last Saturday. They were on their way home from a soccer match in Toppenish.
This loss has rocked this small, tight knit community.
Ilda was remembered as a strong, hard working, kind woman. She worked in the health care field, but previously worked in the court system. Her brother is well-known defense attorney, Sal Mendoza.
Prosecutors, judges and court staff showed up to pay their respects.
Alex, 14 years old, was an all-around athlete. Not only a soccer star at Prosser High. She took to the courts at Housel Middle school. Excelling at volleyball and basketball.
Friends from both campuses were allowed time off from school for the funeral.
Alex's friend Emily Brown said, "She had the best laugh, she had the brightest smile."
One the kids won't forget. Most wore purple, Alex's favorite color.
Others wore buttons with special messages, some with pictures of the young soccer star.
The teens comforted each other through smiles and tears after losing a friend well before her time.
"I'm very proud to be a part of the community I'm in, just, we're doing all that we can to work together to try to find ways to cope. It's definitely hard," Emily said.
All the while knowing Alex and Ilda will always be in their hearts.
The Prosser girl's varsity soccer team had to play today without their star, Alex Islas. They told Action News they dedicated their game against East Valley to her.
The driver suspected of hitting the mother and daughter may be charged with a crime as early as next week. Troopers are still investigating.