Greensboro family lives through soul-crushing pain

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The Parker family portrait hangs prominently in their home as James and Djuana Parker talk about the loss of their daughter Arielle in 2010 and the search for a way to breath again, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in Summerfield, N.C. From left are Arielle, Djuana, James, Shaed, Ashtenne and Stone (low center).

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Djuana Parker recalls that exact moment.

It happened as her son Shaed spot-on mimicked an Eddie Murphy character from one of the family’s favorite comedies.

“I realized I was laughing — something I never thought I would do again,” Parker told the News & Record.

It had been two years since something genuinely made her laugh. Two years since state troopers knocked on her front door the morning of Aug. 14, 2010, with the news that her 18-year-old daughter, Arielle, had been killed in a car accident not far from her college campus. She was just days from starting her freshman year.

Their “Ari.” No goodbyes. Gone.

About 9 a.m. that August day, Parker and her husband, James, began a journey joined last month by three other local families when a car going an estimated 95  mph on the residential Westridge Road wrecked, killing three of the four teenagers inside.

The Parkers don’t have to imagine those parents’ soul-crushing pain.

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