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Mike Brown paused from making funeral and burial arrangements for his 20-year-old daughter MaKayla Brown on Monday to reflect on the difficulty and emotions of losing his only child.
“I miss the hell out of her … it’s killing me,” said Brown. “I raised her since she was a year old and everyone knows I’d do anything for my kid.
“She was my only child. She was my world.”
MaKayla was killed last Friday when the vehicle she was driving was struck at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Highway 151. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her father isn’t alone in his grief. MaKayla’s death has resonated across the area, with tens of thousands of people offering condolences and prayers on social media.
Brown said his daughter would have appreciated the outpouring of support, noting that it’s certainly needed during such a difficult time.
“It helps to know your daughter was loved and cared for,” he said. “So many people loved and cared for her, and it’s good to know that now.
“I know she’d be surprised by the support people have shown her.”
Brown said that type of support is a testament to the kind of person his daughter was.
“She was a fun-loving, caring mother and daughter,” said Brown. “She was an all-around great person who would do anything for anybody.
“She was always trying to make everyone feel better … to try to pick them up and do anything she could for them. She loved her fiancé, loved her parents, loved her grandparents … everyone she met.”
Brown said his daughter also loved the outdoors.
“She liked to go camping and fishing and just hang out with her boyfriend and be around her friends,” he said.
But it was her 15-month-old daughter, Macie, who was the apple of MaKayla’s eye.
“Ever since Macie was born, it was all about Macie,” Brown said, noting that his daughter was expecting another child this summer.
“She’s going to miss her momma, but we are going to try to keep her memory alive by telling Macie what a good momma she was.”
The wreck remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. According to information released following the wreck, it appeared that MaKayla’s car was T-boned when it entered the intersection of U.S. 127 and Highway 151 from Frankfort Road near McDonald’s. Her car was struck by a pickup truck headed north on 127 driven by Thomas Sayre, 66, of Midway. After striking her car, Sayre’s truck struck another vehicle driven by Linda Hudson of Lawrenceburg.
Sayre was transported to an area hospital and treated for the state police said were minor injuries.
Hudson was checked at the scene by Anderson County EMS and released.
The wreck backed up traffic on 127 as first responders with the Anderson County and Lawrenceburg fire departments worked to remove MaKayla from the wreck. Using large tarps to prevent passersby from seeing her, MaKayla was eventually removed and placed in the back of the Anderson County Coroner’s van.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
MaKayla was a 2014 graduate of Anderson County High School and listed as a caregiver in her obituary.
Along with her father and mother, Angela Marie Smith, she is survived by her her fiancé, Brent Michael DeZarn; daughter, Macie Marie DeZarn; maternal grandparents, Janet (Glen) Fisher, Billy Bob (Donna) Smith, all of Lawrenceburg; paternal grandparents, James and Wilma Brown, of Shelbyville; three brothers, Kristopher Stewart, of Lawrenceburg, Nicholas Boggs, of North Carolina, and Chase Finnell, of Lawrenceburg; aunts, Denise (Richard) Woods, of Shelbyville, Rita (Mike) Norton, of Bagdad, and Allison and Kristen Mitchell, of Lawrenceburg; and nephew, Bryson Stewart, of Elizabethtown. Funeral services were Tuesday at Sand Spring Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Proctor and Bro. John David Lane. Burial followed in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.