Mother of 16-year-old found dead on interstate: “This is what happens when you don’t listen”

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NASHVILLE, TN  (KPLR)- The coroner’s office in Nashville has identified the body of a teenage girl who was found dead along Interstate 10 on June 4th.  According to WSMV, Kaylan Ward, 16, was killed while walking or attempting to cross the interstate in the dark.

During  a vigil honoring the teen’s life, her mother Kenisha Martin- Nelson told a group of of nearly 200  teens that it is important for them to listen to their parents. “My baby had a demon that has been riding her for about five or six years,” said Martin- Nelson.  “This is what happens when you don’t listen.”

Martin- Nelson urged the group of teenagers to stop sneaking around. She said if her child would have just been honest with her, they wouldn’t have been there remembering her life. “I told my child two weeks ago God is going to put his hands on you and he’s going to sit you down.”

Some are calling her statement tough love.

Her mother went on to tell the crowd that Ward was her first love. She believes the driver who struck her daughter will be found.

“Was she perfect?” she asked. “No. I had a rebellious child, but I loved her through it all. She did not deserve to die like this.”

Kaylan’s death is still under investigation.

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