TUCKER, Ga. -- When we last saw Kathy Patterson, she was busy shepherding her flock of special needs dancers. She was parent, and coach and head cheerleader.
Sitting in her living room, going through a scrapbook filled with photos, Linda Weaver is still trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of Patterson and her two daughters, Kayla and Madeline.
"I just didn't believe it. I kept thinking it's another house."
Linda Weaver is the head of Little Light of Mine, the special needs dance group coached by Kathy Patterson. Linda's daughter Elena is in the group. "She embraced our special needs population the same way she embraced all those other kids in the neighborhood." She had the terrible burden of telling her daughter that Kathy was gone. "I told Elena this morning that Kathy and Kayla and Madeline are now living in heaven and they don't hurt they have no pain. but I said we will be praying for all of those left behind because they will be hurt."
Photos | Kathy Patterson and family
Linda and her family were close to Kathy, her husband Brant and their girls. She says the kids in the neighborhood lived at Kathy's house, that she had a heart that made room for any child who showed up. "They had just adopted a new puppy. All of these things are gone. I don't know how Brant is going to do it. I just don't. He loved his girls. He loved Kathy. I can't imagine."
Before she stepped away from coaching last year due to health problems, Kathy wrote each member of the group a special letter. As always, she felt she was the lucky one to be able to lead them. 'You are a beautiful soul who has touched my life and I am a better person because of you.'
She helped them grow, she showed them they could be part of something beautiful. For the 'Little Light of Mine' Group, she was their light.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Click here for more details.