HOLLAND, Mich. -- Family and friends are mourning the loss of Brittany Simmons, 26, after she died Monday night in Grand Rapids when the motorcycle she was riding crashed into a semi. The other rider, Aaron Lee, 25, also died.
A small candle light vigil was held to celebrate the Simmons' life. Those who attended were devastated and told FOX 17 they wish they could get in one more hug and one final goodbye.
"She had so many people that loved her," said Cindy Simmons, Brittany's mother. "She touched so many lives; she was such a good-hearted person."
Lee's loved ones at the vigil said he was good friends with Brittany. According to his obituary, Lee was a combat veteran who was stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan as a sharpshooter and mechanic. Lee was a motorcycle enthusiast, which something Brittany enjoyed as well.
"She recently started hanging out with some bikers, and it reminded of her of her father, so she felt close to them doing that. She loved it," said Christy Lynn, one of Brittany's friends. "[It's my] worst nightmare ever. It doesn't feel real at all."
Friends described the young mother as wild and bubbly and someone who always lived life to the fullest.
"I just have to say that I feel sorry for anyone who didn't get the chance to know her," said Salina Guajardo, another one of Brittany's friends.
Brittany leaves behind two young children and an abundance of family and friends. Arrangements for her have not been set yet. If you would like to donate to her GoFundMe page, click here.
Lee's visitation will be held at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home in Grand Rapids Thursday 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m., and again on Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m. His funeral will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m., also at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home.