DALLAS — Fey Kidze, a 30-year-old mother of two moved to Dallas from Cameroon in 2007. In that time, she got her citizenship, worked several jobs, and earned a degree as a licensed vocational nurse.
Kidze's husband and two children back in Africa relied on her income from Texas. The money paid for her children's tuition and helped her husband, a nursing assistant, take care of the family.
Kidze had been preparing paperwork to move them to the U.S., her friend Samobo explained. But those dreams were dashed two weeks ago, when the home health care nurse was hit and killed in the 6900 block of LBJ Freeway.
She was on her way to see a patient when her car broke down in the middle of the freeway, friends said. Minutes later, a pick-up smashed into it. Kidze died from blunt force trauma, according to her death certificate.
"I was talking to her. I was screaming. I was crying," Samobo said as she recalled her visit to the emergency room. "She was just laying there like she was asleep. And then I felt like, 'Maybe if I pinch her, or maybe if I push her, she will stop pretending,' because she loved to giggle a lot."
Samobo described her co-worker as energetic, enthusiastic, and always inquisitive.
Friends have raised $7,000 for Kidze's funeral and wake, but said they need another $10,000 to send her body back to Cameroon in Central Africa.
"It doesn't look too good, but I still have hope that maybe we'll be able to do it," Samobo said.
The fate of her family is what worries friends most. They lost a provider, a mother and wife, and perhaps a shot at a better life in America.
Friends have planned a funeral for Kidze on December 1 in North Texas. They hope to have raised enough money to get her body back to her family before the holidays.
"I've seen her struggle," Samobo explained. "That's why I feel like it's not fair."
Friends have established a fund at Bank of America to help pay for Kidze's funeral and transportation costs. It's account number 004785784948.