Student remembers Eleva-Strum friends who died in accident

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

MONDOVI, Wis. (WEAU) -- "He's the best guy friend I ever had and boyfriend," said Amber Berg, who had dated Marco Perez, a student who died in a hill jumping accident last December.

Two other students, Austin Gable and McKenna Johnson died in the accident as well.

Berg knew them and considered them friends. She knew Perez a little better than most.

He got along with everybody, he didn't judge people," she said.

And that is what makes a day like this so close to Christmas, so tough.

"He just surrounded everybody with his happiness," she said.

Both she and Perez had been dating on and off for a couple years. Last year while at school, she began hearing rumors that something had gone wrong on Walnut Road the night before.

She would soon learn her boyfriend was part of an accident and in the hospital.

The news would get even worse.

"I got the text about 10 minutes after he died and that's how I found out he had died," she said.

Life had changed. The Marco she looked forward to seeing was no longer here. And it is his absence that has been the hardest part.

"Probably not seeing his face or hearing his voice, cause every time I always looked forward to listening to him and talking to him," she said.

One year later, she is trying to move her life forward. She misses Marco and hopes what happened sends a message to all drivers to be safe.

"Of course I didn't want Marco to die, but this is just showing how dangerous it is to be doing stuff you shouldn't be doing, but honestly if I could have anything back I would have Marco back," she said.

She has pictures by her side and the flower from his funeral that her dad helped preserve. All of it, keeping the memory of Marco alive.

"Even if you're a really good person, make sure you do the right decisions because it hurts when you lose people you love a lot over just one night," she said.

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