DES MOINES, Iowa -- Karen Dameron can't believe her niece is gone. Twenty-two-year old Scalicity Perez, who also goes by the last name Boyd, was killed when the car she was riding in hit a tree Monday morning on 35th Street.
The crash was so violent the car is nothing more than a pile of twisted metal. "I'm just in disbelief," Dameron said, "I still believe this is a dream. I still think it's a dream. I don't believe my niece is gone."
Scalicity leaves behind four children, but there are no fathers in the picture. The father of her youngest child is in jail, and the father of the other three, Deshaun Trombone, was sentenced to 65-years in prison last month in the death of a five-year-old girl. Police say the girl overdosed on drugs Trombone left laying around his new girlfriend's home.
Dameron says Scalicity's children no longer have parents. "You got those four babies without their mommy. We don't know what's gonna happen next. It happened too suddenly. I just saw her," she said.
The driver of the car, Troy Mure, suffered only minor injuries in the crash. His mother says he was deeply in love with Scalicity. "Him and her was gonna get a place together. They were gonna get married," Renna Mure said, "She was positive in Troy's life. Troy was positive in her life. He had a job working three o'clock till two o'clock in the morning, staying out of trouble. Going to church every Sunday."
Mure's mother, Renna Mure, says her son told her the crash was caused by people chasing him in another car. "They waved a gun," she says her son told her, "He stepped on the gas to get away from them. And they hit the back of the car and made him lose control of the car."
Mrs. Mure says her son told her from his hospital bed that people had been threatening him; that they believe he was involved in the unsolved murder of Dashwan Smith, who was shot to death near the Evolution Nightclub earlier this month. But Mure's mother says she doesn't think her son was involved. "He told me he was scared but he told me that he turned his life around and I know he has. I seen it. And a lot of people seen it," Mrs. Mure said.
Dameron says she doesn't really know what happened. All she knows is that she'll miss her niece's smile, her outgoing personality, and the way the two used to butt heads. "Because she knew Aunty Karen was giving her some advice. This is a tragedy I did not want to see," Dameron says, sobbing, "Now my niece is gone. My niece is not here."
Scalicity did not have insurance. If you would like to help the family with final expenses, please donate on the GoFundMe site that has been set up.