Dad Recalls Chilling Phone Call With ​Homecoming Queen Daughter Moments Before She Drown

A teenage girl was driving home from her prom last weekend when her car got caught in a flash flood. In the last moments of her life, Alyssa Ramirez, 18, called her dad in a panic and said that her car was tipping in the water, and frantically asked him what she should do.

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Tomas Ramirez answered his phone at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, while his daughter was driving from her prom in San Antonio to her home in Devine. He told NBC News, "She wakes me up and I say, 'Honey, what's going on?'"

The massive storms in Texas have caused a number of flash floods, and Alyssa was caught in one. Tomas recalled the last conversation he had with his beautiful daughter. "She says, 'Dad, what do I do? My car has been in the water. What do I do? What do I do?"

He said that he advised her to back the car up, but she said, "I can't, Dad. The car's tipping."

"I said I'm on my way, and that's the last I got to speak to her," Ramirez remembered. "I never got to talk to her again." She reportedly also called 911, but everything happened too quickly for her to be saved.

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Described by friends as "always smiling," Alyssa was her high school's homecoming queen last fall, and she was due to graduate high school in a week. She was also her student council president, a cheerleader, and an athlete.

Her body was found by emergency workers a day later, who said that she had a smile on her face even in death. Her family said that knowing she had peace enough to smile at the end gave them comfort. Her dad said, "You would imagine a child in that situation would just be in absolute terror -- It's cold, it's black and she was in absolute isolation ... You would think that when they find a child like that she would have a look of terror on her face, but she did not."

I can't imagine what this family is going through right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Who would you call if you were scared for your life?

 

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