Rest in the peace of the Lord, sweet girl.
I see your "In memory of" button on my wall above my desk and think of your Mom and Dad. They were so courageous at court when they had a chance to read their statements before the sentencing. I will never forget how articulate they were in their grief. I'm sure very difficult for Erik as well. Your memory shines brightly.
Rachel, I am so thankful for the time that I was blessed to know such a wonderfully sweet young sister in Christ. Untill we meet again in our Fathers house just know this you are loved and missed. To Steve and Jill, I want to thank you for sharing you beautiful Daughter with us. Love your sister in Christ,Jeanette.
It's a beautiful day today Rachel and I'm missing you as I do every day. I wonder what you would have been doing if you were still with us, I know you are with us in spirit. You are such a force that can't be taken away. I know you would love Lindsay's children, it's because of you that made her want to have children and I thank you for that. Bye for now, I know I'll see you again. Trowbridge
I heard about Rachel's story through a link on Justice 4 Kody's blog. So sorry to hear what happened to Rachel. When I turn 21 I am not going to drink or drive. Instead, I am going to celebrate my 21st birthday remembering those who were hit by a drunk driver. I know of a girl who was hit and killed by a drunk driver one year ago here in California. It's terrible that all the people who drink and drive will not learn that it will kill someone. I will remember those who lost their life to drunk drivers when I turn 21. Rachel, you are and will be a beautiful girl no matter what. I know I don't know you but by your picture, you are caring, loving and every other kind word there is. Much love from Jasemine Marie
hi my name is heather arnaud. I am sorry for your loss everyone.
I have lived in south corona for 4 years now and have always noticed a memorial that sits on the corner of Knabe Rd and Claystone. This week something compelled me to google the reason for it and this is how I find myself writting this now. I am saddened to hear about this tragic preventable accident. My sister passed away in 2009 in a boat accident. I know the grief and at times unbearable pain your family has suffered. Im sure you an amazing person Rachel, your actions and the words your friends and family share say it all! Rest peacefully sweet rachel. Say hello to my sister Sandra if you see her. xoxo
To a beautiful woman I never had the opportunity to meet, Today my heart aches as I think of all the pain your family has suffered and will continue to suffer until they can be with you again. Spending time with your brother has been the highlight of this past year for me, but I know he is not that man he would have been had he not lost his best friend. Your parents are beyond lovely (as you already know) and have made me feel so welcome in their home and in their lives. They are stronger than I can ever hope to be. On one hand, I am so glad Erik had the chance to know the joy and love of growing up with a sibling - a counterpart. But, on the other hand, I know it just makes the pain of losing you so much worse. I would give up everything I’ve been lucky enough to share with him in a heartbeat if it meant he could have you back in this life. Where you are, I know you are looking over your wonderful family as they take a different and difficult path that they never imagined having to walk down, and I know you are giving them the strength to exist without you. Love and light to you, Rachel.
Rachel thinking of you today - remembering you always. We miss you and love you. Aunt Jill
Thinking of you today sweet Rachel. Praying for your mom and dad and brother, extended family and friends.
I am so sorry about your loss i am a single mom of 5 kids ages 20 19 15 13 and 8 i cant imagine what you are going through a parents worst nightmare i have worked for madd fundraiser my thoughts and prayers are with you
To:The Elliott family this is my second time writing a message on rachel's memorial site. the first time was four years ago. Since then i have and still have kept you in my ''prayers''. It's sad people dont see that what their actions like drinking and driving do to the innocent they didnt see that the innocent had ''lives'' too. Thankful i hope rachel's with her lord jesus christ. Godbless be strong .
I find it almost unbelievable that we have gone through yet another year without your bright presence among us. I am sending Peace, Light, and Love to you on this, your special day, and to your family, as they continue on their journey in this life. Know that we think of you so often. Know that you are missed. Know that prayers are sent up for you. And know that your best friend still misses you more than words can ever express... and she always will. We love you!
Where you are now, beautiful, I trust it is always a good morning. I ache with the desire to hold you, smell your hair, hear your voice - simple things we take for granted, but, oh, how precious. I think of you constantly, especially in the quiet morning hours when I am walking Ida. I love you, Rachel. Erik has a new girlfriend, Sarah, and I am so broken-hearted she will never know you. We love her, too, but she makes me think of you and all we are missing...
Thank you for sharing your story and allowing me to get a glimpse of your beautiful daughter. My 13 year old daughter is working on a project related to alcohol and the impacts it has on people's lives which is what led me to your site. I'm sorry this happened to you. Thank you for having the strength and courage to keep fighting. I cannot begin to imagine what it takes. xoxo
I read your letter this morning in The Sun, June 2013. I looked Rachel up online and found this site. You all are in my thoughts.
Praying for you and your family. She was a beautiful girl. I thank you for passing the message of no drinking and driving, especially since a lot of young people my age now think it's cool. You are a blessing.
Stumbling across Steve's blog and this guestbook have broken my heart. The tragic tumbling of grief like dominos set off by a drunk driver has never seemed so galactically incongruent with how the world should be. Having each other, I imagine, is the only way you both are able to breathe. Condolences and sympathies sound so empty when I see photos of Steve with the twinkle in his eye missing. I have two sons now 19 and 21...I cannot imagine the grief or the effort it must take just to exist. I cannot imagine Jodi's anguish for all of you. I could never have imagined this for you when you were young, bright, and so full of love for each other and life. Love will find a way...Maggie
i'm so sorry that this happened to you. i say this because i don't wish this on anybody. just remeber i'm praying for you and your family
I am sorry for your loss, however, her story must be shared to demonstrate the terrible effects of drinking and driving. I am taking a Health Psychology course at my University, I along with my group members are presenting on Substance Abuse. Rachel will help represent the lives lost to this terrible act. God Bless. Love, Veronica, Emelie, Amanda, and Dominique