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Burlington community celebrates Borneman's life

Burlington, Vermont - January 8, 2011

The Burlington community suffered the loss of a friend after police say she was killed by a drunk driver. Saturday her loved ones celebrated her life at a memorial service.

"We are all here to celebrate Kaye's life. To remember her. To take joy in the opportunity to know her," said Kevin Fitton of the First Baptist Church.

Family, Friends and community members filled the First Baptist Church Saturday evening for Kaye Borneman's memorial service. The Burlington woman was killed instantly in a car accident December 26th, after police say four-time convicted drunk driver, Timothy Dowd, struck her vehicle during a pursuit through the downtown.

Police reports reveal he had a blood alcohol content of .134 at the time of the accident. "The fact this guy -- a drunk leading the police and killing this beautiful young woman -- that has got the whole state saying, hey we have got to change these laws," said John Borneman, Kaye's father.

Borneman said the service was an opportunity for Kaye's closest friends to share their favorite memories of her through the years. They all had different stories to tell, but they all portrayed Borneman as full of life and happiness. He said he was touched by the support offered by her coworkers. "We went there this morning. So many employees. Each had a Kaye story. Everyone had a Kaye story," he said.

Borneman said one of his daughters favorite things to do was going to the movies -- exactly what she was doing on the night of her death. He said he has not come to terms with the tragedy just yet -- but he knows it is a reality he will soon face. "She was just on her way home from a movie. She had seen the movie "Tron" and talked to a friend of her's on the cell phone. Got in the car and that was it," Borneman said. "I know when I get back it is going to hit me really hard. But there are just so many good memories."

Borneman said their family is not vengeful -- they just hope their daughters tragic story will inspire change in the current law to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Molly Smith - WCAX News

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