Friends Remember Byron Woman Killed in Crash

November 04, 2017 12:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  Friends are remembering the Byron woman who died this week in a car crash in Cascade Township.  

"She was always scared to hit the ball," said Robert Boatright, "so she never wanted to play (softball), but wanted to play."


Boatright wiping away tears as he chuckles at memories of Ambar Gaytan, sifting through pictures of his friend and co-worker.  He says Ambar was a fill-in for their softball team always cheering from the sidelines.  Friday he shared stories talking about the girl who everyone wanted to be friends with.

"You could want to not like her, and you couldn't, you just couldn't, it was impossible," said Boatright.  "She makes every day better because she's always smiling and always trying to help someone."

Olmsted County authorities say the 24-year-old from Byron died in a crash Monday night.  Her body found two days later 75 yards away from her car after friends and family reported her missing.  Boatright had just texted her three hours before her accident talking about work schedules that week.

"My whole body went into shock, I was scared, it was a mix of emotions," said Boatright.  "It completely catches you off guard, you don't expect not to see her tomorrow, you don't expect anything tragic to happen to her, she is going to be a void in lots of peoples lives."

He says Ambar's 2-year-old daughter was her life and her boyfriend, who is Boatright's best friend, is devastated by the news.

"I've called him probably 10-15 times in the last day and a half and he's distraught and crying every time I call," said Boatright.   He says he's not sure what's next for all of their friends, but he knows his last gift to Ambar will be to carry her casket as a pallbearer.

When asked how they plan to continue to honor Ambar moving forward, Boatright said, "the only thing you can probably do is mimic the kind of person she was."

"The world is a better place because of people like her and she showed us all how to live that way."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Ambar's funeral if you'd like to help click here.

Ambar's memorial service will be held Tuesday November 7, at Watkowski-Mylyck Funeral Home in Winona at 2 p.m.


Laura Lee

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