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Church Rallying Behind Families Of Teens Involved In Deadly Crash

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED May 17, 2014 - UPDATED: May 17, 2014
Bellevue, NE - On Friday afternoon, Sarah Bryhan, 19, and Alisa Robertson, 18, were involved in a deadly car accident. 
 
Sarah died on scene. Alisa was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
 
Both teens were part of the Bellevue Christian Center, which is now helping their families heal. 
 
"These things are awkward," said Cory Demmel, the executive director of the master's commission at Bellevue Christian Center. "There is no manual for when tragedy happens."
 
Saturday was day one of the church writing their own story as it navigates through a horrible loss.
 
"The only thing worse than something like this, is something like this by yourself so we try not to let that be anybody's story," said Demmel.
 
The church community is honoring Sarah and praying for her friend, and fellow church member, Alisa.
 
"They were friends for a reason," said Demmel. "They were always laughing and giggling."
 
On Friday afternoon, Douglas County deputies said Sarah was making a left turn near 240th and West Center when a semi slammed into the side of her car.
 
The truck had the right of way.
 
"She had an uncanny ability, for a young woman, to make people feel comfortable, to be who they were," said Demmel. "You're not going to find anybody who spent time with Sarah that didn't just fall in love with her."
 
Alisa is still recovering in the hospital.
 
"The families have already tried to connect, just to be there for each other, which I think is amazing since they don't really know each other," said Demmel.
 
Demmel has known Sarah for 12 years.
 
Both Sarah and Alisa were in the program Demmel runs. 
 
"What you see in the pictures, is what we saw every day," he said. "(Sarah) was a gem."
 
This weekend the prayer continues for both girls and their families.
 
"(Sarah) was really devoted to serving other people, caring and loving other people," said Demmel. "That's what she wanted to do with her life. It wasn't just a phase."
 
On Sunday, prayer services will continue during their normal services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.