FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM)– Mark and Annetta Deegear and much of their family joined the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during the pregame warm up for the Cowboys first home preseason game. There was just one person missing.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling because I wish she was here with us,” said Annetta Deegear.
On August 5, a driver hit six people in front of a busy shopping center in Lake Worth.
Mark and Annetta Deegear and their seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, were walking out of Target, when a driver raced through the parking lot.
Savannah was killed in the horrific crash.
Earlier that fateful day, Mark Deegear had bought his daughter a Dallas Cowboys cheer-leading outfit so she could wear it to the first Cowboys preseason game for a daddy-daughter date.
“It’s hard to fathom that this was the game that me and my daughter were supposed to come to,” Mark Deegear said. “I hope I don’t get too emotional.”
Mark Deegear has been a die-hard Cowboys fan for decades and has had season tickets for years. He would often bring his daughter to games.
Soon after hearing the Deegear’s story, Jerry Jones wrote a letter to the family, inviting them to Saturday’s game.
“I have no words. I broke down in tears when I got the letter from him to come down on this field to meet him and to do what I always loved, being around the Dallas Cowboys,” Mark Deegear said.
After a television interview, Jones greeted the Deegear family. He embraced them and offered his condolences, took pictures and allowed family members to try on his Super Bowl ring.
Moved by the family’s courage, Jones ordered the family be moved into a suite for the game. The Deegear’s were overcome with emotion after the kind gesture.
“We showed him a beautiful picture of our daughter and he was just heartbroken over what we went through,” said Annetta Deegear.
Inside the suite, with family and friends by their side, the Deegears celebrated not only the Cowboys, but their beloved Savannah’s life.
“It’s better than I could have ever imagined. It’s a dream come true,” said Annetta Deegear.
It was the first time Annetta Deegear spoke publicly about her daughter’s death. She is still recovering from injuries she sustained in the crash.