Memorials, concert will honor teen

Jim Blaylock/Staff
Evans High School students have hung banners on the fence at the entrance to the student parking lot in memory of Brooke Moye, a junior who was killed in a car wreck Monday.

Christina Moye will remember her 17-year-old daughter as a beautiful young woman who loved helping others.

Brooke Moye, a junior at Evans High School, was killed Monday in a single-vehicle wreck in Richmond County.

"She would drop whatever she was doing to help somebody," Brooke's mother said. "If something happened, she was right there."

Authorities say Brooke died after crashing into the back of an AT&T Utility truck on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at Belair Road.

At Evans High, students and faculty members held a remembrance service around the school's flagpole Wednesday morning.

Brooke's memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at The Sanctuary, 302 Byrd Road, next to Evans High. The family will visit with friends after the service until 8 p.m.

Others in the community are working together to organize a tribute concert for Brooke and raise money for memorial expenses. The show will be Sunday at Sector 7G, an all-ages club in downtown Augusta. The concert will start at 3 p.m.

"I just found out about it," Christina Moye said of the concert. "It's unbelievable and wonderful to me."

Though her daughter was a "girly-girl," Moye said, Brooke also was very outspoken.

"She would tell you exactly what she thought," Moye said.

Brooke also loved taking pictures and playing jokes on friends, her mother recalled.

The Moye family moved to Evans in 1997 after living in Sicily for three years. Brooke's father, Todd Moye, served in the Navy and has since retired.

Brooke learned how to speak Italian and the Sicilian dialect while living in Sicily, Moye said.

Moye, a school bus driver at Evans High, said she and her husband felt Columbia County was the best place to raise Brooke and her 22-year-old sister, Ashley.

Despite having a year of high school to finish, Brooke was making plans for her future, Moye said. Brooke and her boyfriend, Gage Reynolds, talked about marriage in coming years, and she also wanted to devote her life to helping children with mental disabilities.

Her mother said she would assist children with special needs at Lewiston Elementary School and was able to help a pupil speak for the first time.

"She loved them," Moye said. "She thought they were such a gift."