16-year-old Mahmood, who Alotaibi said she “loved” makeup, had just finished her newest canvas on Yueng’s face before going to see a childhood friend, and Alotaibi wanted to capture her.
“I just thought it was kind of cute and took a picture of both of them,” she said. “And that was literally the last thing they did, and that’s why they left so late.”
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This picture is the last she will take of the two of them.
At 2:45 a.m. in Cannon Falls, the 2013 Kia Soul, which they were driving north on US Highway 52, drifted into the median. The vehicle rolled south in the lanes killing Mahmood, who was not wearing a seat belt, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Yeung, 22, was rushed to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Saint Marys with life threatening injuries. Alotaibi said he was still in critical condition.
Mahmood’s funeral will be held on Wednesday April 7th at the Garden of Eden Cemetery in Burnsville.
“She was really, really selfless. She loved helping people, ”said Alotaibi. “She volunteered at food shelters, she volunteered when someone’s family member died. She would always help with anything. She loved helping out with her siblings. “
Along with makeup, Mahmood enjoyed listening to music, Alotaibi said. She also enjoyed creating works of art and produced numerous paintings and drawings.
Skateboarding was also a hobby of hers that she had developed from her older brothers, including Yueng.
A GoFundMe page was started by Mahmood’s aunt and Alotaibi’s sister, Billie Carter, to pay for Yueng’s funeral expenses and medical fees. After two days, the site raised over $ 2,500.
“Haya and I were pretty close. She spent a lot of time with my kids in my house,” Carter said. “My children grew up with her more like siblings than cousins.”
Alotaibi, a single mother, said she hadn’t had a chance to check the page between funeral arrangements, go to the hospital to be with Yeung, and look after and comfort her three other children.
“I make sure that everyone is emotionally well. Even if I’m not, I want to make sure they’re getting the attention they need to calm them down, ”she said. “Your brother is having a really hard time. My younger daughter doesn’t understand. ”
Alotaibi will always remember her eldest daughter as someone who could always make you smile and be there when you needed her.
“Well, I don’t even know how to explain it because there is no one like Haya,” said Alotaibi. “She was there for anyone who needed a friend. She was so quiet and supportive. “