BOULDER, Colo. - The birth of Sophia DuBose, weighing a shade under 2 pounds and arriving as one in a set of identical, red-headed twin girls, permanently changed her mother.
"Once you see your child for the first time," Laura Cummings recalls, "you are not the person you were before."
On Saturday, Cummings was transformed again -- this time by the death of Sophia, swept down runoff-swollen Boulder Creek after a freak car accident that began with a bear in the road and ended with the 13-year-old's body washing ashore behind Boulder High School, six miles east of where the pickup carrying the twins and their father careened into the roaring water, our partners at the Boulder Daily Camera reported.
Sophia's twin, Eliza, and their father survived the accident.
On Thursday, more than 600 people, including family members, classmates, teachers and two dozen of the first responders who tried to rescue Sophia, descended upon north Boulder's Shining Mountain Waldorf School, where Sophia would have completed seventh grade this week.
"They say it takes a village to raise a child, but today it is a child that has brought this village together," said Michael Janzen, the twins' teacher, in his eulogy at the memorial. "Standing here, I have the extraordinary feeling that it is out of pure love that we are all together."
Janzen spoke of Sophia's warm smile, radiant eyes and gentle, caring hand.
"They're all imprinted on the soul of her family and the soul of this community," he said.
While her death sent a wave of sadness, and numbness, through Boulder and beyond, Thursday's event was, above all, a celebration.
"Let's smile because she lived, not cry because she's gone," Eliza urged the audience.
"It's amazing how life ebbs and flows with time," Eliza added in her eulogy. "Time and fate are waves washing up against the shore, each one of us a shell or a grain of sand. Sophia was probably the brightest shell on the beach."
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Donations for Sophia DuBose
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to:
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, P.O. Box 3017, Nederland, CO 80466