City removes shrine honoring Plano teens killed in crash

Friends and family of two Plano teenagers who died in a crash last winter are angry and confused after the city moved the memorial at the crash site.

Lilly Davis and Samantha Sacks were killed when the SUV Samantha was driving slammed into a tree. Another friend survived the crash last February.

Family members and friends of the girls are upset a shrine that they put together to remember the teenage girls was removed because of neighbor complaints. They are now determined to bring it back.

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The shrine in the 1600 block of Mira Vista where the fatal crash occurred occasionally has drivers stop and gander. Police say the girls were street racing when the Porsche SUV they were riding in crashed into a tree and caught fire.

City of Plano Parks Department says after receiving a number of complaints from neighbors, they sent a crew to respectfully move the items in the shrine.

Operating within the guidelines of "property standards" and "park ordinances," the park manager says the decision was to remove the shrine after seven months.

Friends of the girls say just seeing the shrine helped them cope with the reality that two of their friends died so young.

"It's just really upsetting because like this is where it happened. So like having someone disrespect that site and take down everything, it's just so ignorant,” said Olivia Nelson, Lilly and Samantha’s friend. “And we're trying to keep it alive because it's a memorial for our friends."

The Plano parks manager says he does have the items that were collected from the shrine and is more than happy to return them to the family.

A family member of a Lilly Davis says he is grateful the city kept the items and plans to get them within the next couple of days.

Plano police say there is a safety concern having a shrine in the middle of the roadway. Their concern is someone could get run over crossing back and forth across the street.

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