Metro Detroit family mourning after WMU student's sudden death - FOX 32 News Chicago

Metro Detroit family mourning after WMU student's sudden death

Posted: Updated:
Breanna Dixit's mother, Julie Horvath, told Fox 2 her daughter was a "very special person".  (Credit: Fox 2 News) Breanna Dixit's mother, Julie Horvath, told Fox 2 her daughter was a "very special person". (Credit: Fox 2 News)
SAINT CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (WJBK) -

Breanna Dixit was only 22 years old, but her family says she had already accomplished most of her goals.  She was smart and beautiful and those who knew her say she would've changed the world.

"I can't bring her back because if I could, I would, but all I can do is remember all the amazing things about her because she was a very, very special person," said Julie Horvath, her mother.

"So confused why this would happen to someone so young and so beautiful with such a bright future ahead of her, and just still in shock that just can't believe it's real," said roommate Elise Conner.

By all accounts, Dixit was one of a kind.  She graduated from Western Michigan University less than two months ago and was pursuing her master's in psychology.  She had the world at her feet, but tragically her life was cut short.

"I expected to see Bre get married and have babies and it's a tragedy," said aunt Shari Herbert.

Early Sunday morning, Dixit was killed while crossing Michigan Avenue at Emajean.  Kalamazoo police say Dixit stepped in front of a truck.  She was wearing dark clothing and it was dark outside.  The driver just couldn't stop in time.  Police say the 19-year-old was not speeding and alcohol was not a factor.

"I'm hoping it was painless and I'm hoping it was very quick because that's all I could hope for," her mother said.  "I feel like it's not real.  I feel like she's going to come through the door at any minute.  I feel like it's a horrible nightmare.  I'm going to wake up and she's going to be here."

"You think you're going to talk to her again, text her again or call her again, but it just makes you numb and you don't believe it," said sister Kelly Dixit.

As of now, police tell me the driver will not face any charges.

The family is planning to set up a fund in Dixit's name.

  • Maurielle LueMaurielle LueMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:37:56 GMT
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:59:24 GMT
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
  • Backyard Bliss: The Brown family's backyard

    Backyard Bliss: The Brown family's backyard

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:07:48 GMT
    Living is easy in the summertime, and some of the very best times are often found right in our own backyard.
    Living is easy in the summertime, and some of the very best times are often found right in our own backyard.
  • Immigration issue hits home in Farmington Hills

    Immigration issue hits home in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:04:59 GMT
    Illegal immigration is an issue that seems to have much of the country at odds, spurring protests from coast to coast and even requests for immigration reform. Now, that concern is really coming to a local level with talk of illegal immigrants headed to places like Vassar, Bay City - and now Farmington Hills.The illegal immigrant children will be headed to Farmington Hills in the next couple weeks, likely before the end of the month. Wellspring Lutheran Services will provide their shelter, fo...
    Illegal immigration is an issue that seems to have much of the country at odds, spurring protests from coast to coast and even requests for immigration reform. Now, that concern is really coming to a local level with talk of illegal immigrants headed to places like Vassar, Bay City - and now Farmington Hills.The illegal immigrant children will be headed to Farmington Hills in the next couple weeks, likely before the end of the month. Wellspring Lutheran Services will provide their shelter, fo...
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices