HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The investigation continues into a cause for a grinding wreck Wednesday on I-565 near Mooresville Road. 26-year-old Marissa Baugher of Athens and 66-year-old Frederick Bender of Hoover died in the crash. Baugher’s unborn son, Micah, was also killed. Baugher also leaves behind a husband and daughter. A group of boys who were mentored by Baugher are making sure her daughter, Maleia, has several big brothers looking after her.
“She saw something in us and wanted to make us better people,” said 19-year-old Andy Locke. “She wasn’t into most of the things a young 21-year-old was into. No, she wanted to go out and help shape us into better people.”
Baugher and her husband, Matthew, mentored four boys when they were in their early 20’s. “When my father died when I was younger, I never went to church,” said Shawn Swafford. “It was through her that I became spiritual again.”
“We were at their house every Wednesday at 5:30 for bible class,” added Locke.
Swafford and Locke, along with Cody Davis and Logan Mooney have established a fund at Redstone Federal Credit Union in honor of Marissa. “As much guidance as they gave to us, we thought what can we do to give back, in honor of Marissa’s memory and help Matt out.”
Money in the account will go toward a college fund for Marissa’s daughter. “That was always something Marissa stressed to us was to go to college. We were at her graduation party when she graduated college, we knew she wanted Maleia to go, so why not guarantee that?” asked Locke.
The fund can be found at Redstone Federal Credit Union. It’s called the “Baugher Memorial Fund.”