Family Gets Tattoos to Honor Daughter Killed in Crash

The Camacho family got tattoos to remember their slain daughter's 14th birthday

By David Jeannot
|  Friday, Jul 6, 2012  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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The Camacho family decided to spend the 14th birthday of daughter and sister Kaely by getting tattoos of blue butterflies and her name. Kaely Camacho died April 13 when a Land Rover struck her father's minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street. Kaely’s mother, Angela Camacho, spoke to NBC 6 about getting inked.

The Camacho family decided to spend the 14th birthday of daughter and sister Kaely by getting tattoos of blue butterflies and her name. Kaely Camacho died April 13 when a Land Rover struck her father's minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street. Kaely’s mother, Angela Camacho, spoke to NBC 6 about getting inked.

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The Camacho family decided to spend the 14th birthday of daughter and sister Kaely by getting tattoos of blue butterflies and her name.

Kaely Camacho died April 13 when a Land Rover struck her father's minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street.

Police say 38-year-old Sandor Guillen was behind the wheel of the Land Rover.

Kaely’s mother, Angela Camacho, told NBC 6, “Most of us are getting her name or her initials, blue butterflies because blue was her favorite color.”

At Tattoos By Lou in Kendall, Kaely’s older sister Bree Ann was surrounded by family and friends as she was getting her tattoo.

“I miss her a lot and you know when I cry that’s why I cry because I miss her but I mean I have an understanding that she’s in heaven,” Bree Ann told NBC 6.

The pain of the tattoo will never compare to the pain of losing a loved one but now with Kaley’s name tattooed on their arms and neck, her name will continue to live on forever, her family said.

“It’s a painful day because she’s not with us anymore but we want to honor her by doing these tattoos and celebrating her. We feel her all around us,” Kaely’s mother, Angela, said.

As the tattoo artist was coloring in her butterfly, Bree Ann said, “I’m more happy right now that I’m getting it. I might get a little more emotional after looking at it but I know it’s going to be so beautiful.”

Kaely’s family originally wanted to get the tattoos on the anniversary of her death and although her mother says Kaely would laugh at the thought of her mother getting a tattoo, they chose her birthday as the best way to smile and celebrate her life.

“It was pretty painful, I felt like I was giving birth again but it was a bitter sweet pain,” Angela Camacho.

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