New Haven native and Airman 1st Class Hayley Reynolds crashed into a tree the day after Thanksgiving.
Her mom, Tina Reynolds, says when army officers knocked on her door, she didn't want to believe it.
"It's hard. I'll never see her get married and she had her whole life ahead of her," said Reynolds.
Hayley served as a med-tech in the Air Force, stationed in England.
"She loved her country," said Reynolds.
Above all, Tina remembers her daughter's zest for life.
"Her dad said last night I don't want people to remember that she died, I want people to remember that she lived," said Reynolds.
Hayley's casket is on its way to the U.S. now.
While they wait, Tina encourages family and friends to share their memories.
She says the family is still waiting to hear what caused the crash.
3401 Butler Road Fort Wayne, IN 46808
News Tips: 260-483-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org