BROWN COUNTY - It is still hard for Kris Schmacher to believe Nancy Rivas isgone.
"Her smile lit up a room," said Schumacher, who teaches atN.E.W. Lutheran High School in Green Bay. "She had so much promise.I just knew she was one of those kids that one day she was going toput all the pieces together and make it."
But the 19-year-old never had the chance. She was killed in carcrash this Sunday along with her father Joel Rivas and three of hersiblings.
"Why? Why does that have to happen to someone so young with somuch potential?" said Schumacher.
Schumacher had Nancy in two classes at N.E.W. Lutheran. WhileSchumacher says she didn't know the rest of the family very well,she remembers meeting Joel the day Nancy graduated.
"Dad's English wasn't perfect... but I told him how great of agirl Nancy was and he just kept smiling and nodding his head. Youcould tell he was very proud of his daughter."
The youngest, 12-year-old Nicandro, was a 7th grader atWrightstown Middle School.
"He will be remembered as a fun-loving kid who enjoyed hisfriends and really gave back to his his friends," said WrightstownSchools Superintendent Carla Buboltz.
Eliana "Fabiola" Rivas, 16, and Karen, 15, attended KaukaunaHigh School. The two came to the district had come to the districtOctober.
"Some kids are pretty somber even if they didn't know them,"said Kaukauna Superintendent Lloyd McCabe. "It's a peer who's gone.I think it causes kids to pause a little bit."
The loss is also being felt in Green Bay at Saint WillebrordCatholic Church.
"It was kind of unbelieveable," said Father Ken DeGroot. "Fivepeople killed in an accident in the same family. I was kind ofnumbed."
DeGroot said the Rivas family had been coming to his church for13 years. Even after moving from the Green Bay, Nicandro was takingreligious classes there and Nancy and Fabiola were scheduled to beconfirmed in a few months.
"It's going to be very difficult," said DeGroot.
Because instead, St. Willebrord will host the Rivas familyfuneral.
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Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.