Sisters. The lived live together; died together.


Kelsey Richardson, left, and her older sister Karli Richardson, photographed during a family trip to the beach in June 2016. “Aren’t they beautiful?” Cathy Hocking said, as she stared at the photo less than a week after her daughters were killed by a wrong-way driver in Arizona. “I would do anything in the world for them.” Courtesy of Cathy Hocking.

Cathy Hocking wasn’t particularly worried about her daughters driving through the night from Phoenix to watch the Good Friday sunrise over the Grand Canyon. She was more anxious about what they might do once they got there.

Her eldest – Karli Richardson, 20, a graduating senior at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix – had a thing for four-wheeling; her youngest – Kelsey Richardson, a precocious Western Carolina University junior – picked jumping out of a perfectly good airplane over a party for her 18th birthday last July. Adventure? It filled them up.

So when the Mooresville-native sisters called on Kelsey’s phone a little after 11 last Thursday night to say they wanted to spend one of the final mornings of their spring break chilling out together on the edge of a majestic red-rock cliff, she told them: Now listen to me – do not climb over the rails and take some stupid picture that you think’s gonna look cool, and fall off. People do it. Don’t do it. Be careful. Read full story... 


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21 Apr 2017


By THEODEN JANES