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The photo was posted in an album Friesen named Here Comes the Rest of Our Lives on the networking-site Facebook.
But instead of watching her go off to university, Friesen's family is now mourning the loss of the 18-year-old whose promising life was cut short Friday when she was killed in a single vehicle rollover on Highway 8, about 24 kilometres north of Riverton.
"She was a vibrant woman and she impacted everyone she met," her aunt, Pat Barkman said Sunday. "It's been so hard. She's one of the oldest grandchildren on both sides of the family and there's a lot of young cousins."
Instead of celebrating her father's birthday on Sunday, the family gathered at their Riverton home to comfort each other.
Barkman thought her niece had worked at the Hecla Island Provincial Park on Thursday night, watched the Bombers football game at a friend's house and was on her way home.
"We're assuming it happened sometime during the night," Barkman said.
Friesen's boyfriend, Trent Johnson, was expecting her to come over after working Thursday night but never showed up, he told the Free Press.
Around 1:30 a.m., Johnson went for a drive to see if his girlfriend had car trouble. He tried calling her cellphone dozens of times but she didn't answer. When he realized he was running low on gas, he turned around and went home.
The two had been dating for just over six months. They had their first date on Valentine's Day when Johnson gave her flowers and a teddy bear, he said.
"I would do anything to see that smile," Johnson said on Sunday. "Everyone still can't believe it happened."
Friesen was well-known because she had worked at the local gas station after school and on weekends for several years, Barkman said.
Friesen graduated from Riverton High School, where she was given the Governor General's Award and citizenship award, among several other honours. She was also the volleyball team's MVP two years in a row.
She planned to attend the University of Winnipeg in September and planned to be a phys-ed teacher, her family said.
"She excelled academically and she tutored kids at the elementary school," Barkman said.
"She was a girl who was always full of adventure... having friends around her all the time and when she looked at you, she cared about who you were."
An autopsy is scheduled for today. The police investigation is ongoing.
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