So she took a weekend girls trip to
The 22-year-old woman -- identified by police as
She was hit by an
She was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
She was born in
Her death left her family and friends in shock.
"Until I see her body, I can't realize this is true,"
She was described by her cousin as a happy person who was fun to be around.
"She is my family. What can I say?" she said. "She was a very good friend, very good cousin."
She grew up in
A cousin who did not give her name thinks the young woman may have attended high school in
Relatives gathered Wednesday to grieve at a family home in
A blue-and-white Guatemalan flag hung in one window and a multicolored blanket covered another window while two older women in traditional-style clothing tended to banana trees, cornstalks and a lime tree in the yard.
As people close to the young woman learned about her death, an outpouring of grief began on her Facebook page.
Distraught friends and relatives changed their profile photos to images of black ribbons, a symbol of remembrance or mourning.
She said it hurts to talk about her friend, but she was willing to talk via Facebook chat. Smith said they've been friends for four years.
"Maria was one of the greatest people I've ever met, a wonderful friend, and what happened to her is unfair," she said on Facebook.
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