School community says goodbye to campus angel

Candle light vigil held for Ascarate Elementary teacher killed in ATV crash.

Row after row of mourners surrounded the stage outside of Ascarate Elementary School. All for a very special person, Catherine Berry.

Berry was the school counselor. She died over the weekend in an ATV accident.

“She was like an angel,” Andrea Melendez, a student, said. “She was the first angel I met.”

Faculty, parents and students hugged each other as they remembered their favorite person on campus.

“She always took me on field trips to get new clothes, new shoes, new socks,” Yvette Velasquez, a student, said. “She was very helpful and I'm sad that she passed away.”

Berry had been at Ascarate for two years.

“I feel really sad because I know that a part of our school is gone so I feel really sad that Ms. Berry is gone,” Frank Carmona, a student, said.

Those gathered for the candlelight vigil lit up their candles and aimed them high at the sky to say one final goodbye.

“She has been a sweetheart and I'm just sad that she's gone with us but I'm happy because she's in a better place,” Abraham Rivera, a student said.

For Berry's daughters the amount of love and support was overwhelming.

“It validates how we feel about her,” Janelle Duvall said. “She was so great to us and then to see everybody come out, she meant as much to us as she did to everybody else.”

Berry worked in education for more than two decades.

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