BLOOMFIELD — The silences hangs heavy at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home on Friday evening.
"I think today is going to be the hardest," Autumn Clark-Harmon said. "This is the hardest day we are going to have in a while."
Clark-Harmon was at the home with friends and family saying goodbye to her 13-year-old daughter Lybertee, who died in an all-terrain-vehicle accident on Monday.
"Lybertee was a beautiful, funny, smart and loving girl," Clark-Harmon said. "She was loved by many people."
Those people include dance instructors, softball coaches, cheerleaders and teachers from the Bloomfield School System. Three memorial funds were created by friends of the family in less than a week, Clark-Harmon said.
"We are just overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community," she said.
Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a 4-wheeler crash in the Wilderness Park area in Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to a press release. The 150-acre park is located northwest of downtown Bloomfield and is well-known for its ATV trails.
Lybertee and her 8-year-old brother Ty were found by deputies at the bottom of a steep embankment. Lybertee sustained severe head trauma and injuries to her torso. She was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries, the release states. Ty was treated for a broken leg and a head wound and has been released from the hospital.
"Its been hard on him," Clark-Harmon said. "He has a big hole in his heart, he tells us."
She said her daughter loved to read and made good grades. She was a former dancer at the Danz Force Gym Force and was proud to cheer for Bloomfield High School, despite only being in the eighth grade.
May through September is a critical period when riding season — and the associated ATV-related accidents — are at their peaks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 700 deaths and 10,000 injures are reported each year, the commission says.
The commission urges riders to avoid driving ATVs on paved roads. Children under age 16 should not drive or ride an adult ATV, it recommends, and single-rider ATVs should not be driven with a passenger. Adults and children should take a hands-on safety training course, according to the commission.
Lybertee is survived by her parents, Butch and Autumn Harmon; her biological father, Dominique Vallejos; her godmother, Melissa Robertson; brothers Brenden and Tysen Harmon, and Dominiqo Clevenger; sister, Andreanna Vallejos; sister and best friend, Elene Clark; grandparents, Bernadine and Darold Clark, and Sharon and Edward Harmon; great grandparents, San and Clara Clark; aunts and uncles, Robert and Micelle Harmon of Artesia, and Roger and Monica Harmon of Cortez, Colo. and many others.
Those who wish to donate to the Lybertee Clark Memorial Fund can do so at giveforward.com/fundraiser/4gx4/celebrating-lybertee-clark. Donations can also be made at any Four Corners Community Bank branch, under the account Sheila Mobley-benefiting Lybertee Clark.