And while the teenager continues to mourn her loved ones, the family’s attorney said Lidiane Carmo’s faith, church and extended family have been there to support her.
“As anyone would, Lidiane and her family, as well as the other victims continue to grieve as they work to move forward,” said Tom Mitchell of The Mitchell Law Group LLC in Marietta.
“She has a great extended family support system, strong faith and church family, and friends at school that provide her with a veil of protection on a daily basis,” he said.
Pastors Jose and Adriana Carmo, who served at a Brazilian church off South Marietta Parkway, Igreja da Restauracao; their 17-year-old daughter, Leticia Carmo, who was a senior at Sprayberry High; Jose Carmo’s brother, Edson Carmo; and Edson Carmo’s companion, Rosie DeSilva, were five of 11 people killed Jan. 29, 2012, in a series of crashes on Interstate 75.
Lidiane Carmo, who is now a sophomore at Sprayberry, was the only passenger in the 15-passenger van who survived the wreck, which occurred while church members were on their way back from a conference in Orlando, Fla.
She now lives with her mother’s brother, Fabio Souza in Marietta, and they plan to have a private memorial to remember and reflect on the lives of their lost family members sometime today.
“While no words or actions can replace the love for those lost, the Carmo family would like to thank all those who have consoled and offered support and prayer for Lidiane and the other victims,” Mitchell said on behalf of the family. “It has only been through this prayer and encouragement that Lidiane and the other victims have been able to begin trying to understand what happened and attempt to put their lives back together.”
He said the family is also still trying to fully understand the chain of events leading up to the accident that morning, and that his legal team is “navigating through various fact-finding and legal processes” to protect the teenager’s interests and her legal rights.
“Great care has been taken to assure that this accident is properly investigated so that those responsible can be held accountable, so that nothing like this ever happens again,” he said.
Mitchell also said that after the accident, he was able to prepare the proper documentation to “adjust (Lidiane’s) status to a legal, permanent resident.”
It was previously reported that Jose and Adriana Carmo moved their family to the United States 13 years ago from Brazil, where their bodies are now buried, and that Lidiane Carmo was undocumented.