Family grieving after losing their loved one in west Indianapolis crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 18, 2015) -- An Indianapolis father is trying desperately to cope with the loss of one of his daughters.

The Indiana State Police says Lorenda Wampler, 49, was killed after the car she was riding in crashed on 465 North near Washington Street Saturday morning. Wampler's friend, Jonie Johnson-Milan, 46, was also killed.

Wampler leaves behind a number of siblings and children of her own.

Her father, James Eldridge, describes her as caring and helpful.

"Anybody needed anything or something, they'd ask her and she'll do it," Eldridge said. "That's my daughter, I loved her very much."

For nickname sake, Lorenda Wampler was daddy's little girl.

"Every time I'd go to the hospital she'd be right there with me, now I don't have her no more," he said.

Wampler lost her life when the car she was in with her friend slammed in to a guard rail. She, along with Johnson-Milan, were thrown out of the car. The vehicle continued before stopping along a concrete railing.

"Terrible, just terrible," said Mike Ducharme, Wampler's boyfriend of 16 years.

Ducharme says Lorenda was a helper and was helping Johnson-Milan, who was battling cancer.

"She (Wampler) never said to no to anybody. She became a friend to her, ya know? Real good friend taking care of her," Ducharme said.

Now, there's a lot of reminiscing and comforting going on at their house.

"Helping each other try to get through this, ya know? Her being gone is a lot, it's a lot," Ducharme said.

Wampler's family is now tyrying to figure out how they'll come up with the money so she can be laid to rest.

Indiana State Police is continuing to investigate how the crash happened.

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