Kylie Rae Harris’ Six-Year-Old Daughter Performs Musical Tribute at Celebration of Life Ceremony After Fatal Crash
Kylie Rae Harris' 6-year-old daughter, Corbie, performed a special musical tribute to her departed mother on Wednesday (Sept. 11) during a celebration of life service to honor Harris in Texas.
People reports that Harris' daughter, Corbie, performed alongside Texas-based country and rock singer Bonnie Bishop, singing a song Harris released on her final, self-titled EP in March titled "Twenty Years From Now."
The song was an apology of sorts from mother to daughter for all of the mistakes she had made, expressing hope that one day, Corbie could forgive her mother's past and her choices. Harris, 30, was trying to overcome a very difficult past at the time of her death in a car accident in Taos, N.M., that authorities say she caused.
"You deserve nothing less than happiness / And so do I / Twenty years from now / My prayer is that somehow / You’ll forgive all my mistakes and be proud of the choice I made / God I hope I’m still around / Twenty years from now," Harris sang to her daughter in the lyrics to "Twenty Years From Now."
Harris' friends, family and musical colleagues celebrated her life at a ceremony at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Her stepfather, Brent Cowan, delivered the eulogy, and family friend Deborah Mash tells E! that “there was an outpouring of support from Texas musicians who attended in person and sent their condolences.”
According to investigators, the Chevrolet Equinox Harris was driving clipped a Chevrolet Avalanche from behind, sending the singer's vehicle into the oncoming lane, where she struck a white 2008 Jeep driven by 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz head-on. Harris and Cruz were both pronounced dead at the scene, while the third driver escaped injury.
Taos News reports that investigators believe speed and alcohol played a role in the crash. A toxicology report is pending and will take weeks, but Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe blamed Harris for the accident in talking to Taos News, saying, "At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris."
Harris' past included an abusive relationship she was in just after high school that ended up with her facing trouble with the law. According to her Facebook page, that happened during a "dark period where she alienated nearly everyone important to her."
Public records show that Harris was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in May of 2009. She received deferred adjudication, a form of probation that allowed a plea of guilty or no contest to be removed from her record after completing the terms of her agreement. Harris' charges in that matter were dismissed on May 19, 2012.
Harris also had a DWI in 2017 in which her blood alcohol level exceeded .15, nearly twice the legal limit. She had an ignition interlock installed in her vehicle by court order after that incident.
Harris' mother, Betsy Cowan, tells People that alcohol was “something [Harris] struggled with on-and-off over the years."
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