As friends and family continue to mourn the loss of a young mother and child, co-workers are also grieving. Shandi Botel was an employee at Whiskey River and the staff there says she'll be missed by all.
Flowers, candles, and cards line the corner of 5th and North, while friends and family of Shandi Botel are still coming to terms with the tragic events of Saturday morning.
"We're really devastated," said Theresa Mathei as she fought back tears.
Manthei works at Whiskey River, where Botel recently started a part time job. She says even though she and the staff didn't get to know her for very long, she instantly became part of their tight knit family.
"She was always happy," said Manthei. "Every night she made a little money. She saw a future, she finally saw a future and was very excited about it -- about getting ahead and going forward."
To help pay for the funeral costs of both Botel and her six month old baby, Whiskey River is taking cash, check, and credit card donations all week. The bar is also holding two big fundraisers -- one on Friday March 6 and another on Sunday March 8.
"It's very important for us to help this family out," said Manthei. "They just suffered a devastating loss and they did not deserve this loss."
While Manthei and others continue to mourn their loss, they hope it sends a strong message about the dangers of drinking and driving.
"When you kill somebody, when you run into a light pole and your best friend dies, or your friend that you were partying with twenty minutes ago rolls her car and dies, it's not fun anymore," said Manthei.
And they hope everyone will think about all the people one bad decision can affect forever.
"A twenty year old man will probably spend the rest of his life in jail because of a party he went to where he drank too much," said Manthei. "And it's not just the family that we're dealing with, but his family also."
For more information on how you can help Botel's family, you can call Whiskey River at (970) 234-3299.
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