PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The family of an Arizona native killed in Ohio dedicated a tree in her honor on Saturday.

The hope for Audrey Gartin's family is that closure finally starts.

"She was 39 years old and this was very tragic for our family," said Roselee Anzalone, Gartin's aunt.

The calm of the gathering was in stark contrast to what happened on the night of July 14 in Ohio.

Gartin was a passenger of Heather Tapia.

Police believe Tapia was three times the legal limit of alcohol. They say she plowed into another car, killing Gartin.

"We have a very, very close-knit family -- and Heather Tapia needs to fess up about what happened and stop running," Anzalone said.

For Gartin's family, the outrage of this case was made even worse with that fact that Tapia had eight prior drunk driving convictions.

"She didn't deserve it," Anzalone said of her niece.


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