ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Courtney Hayes of Douglas was killed in the catastrophic quake. The 23-year-old Hayes was one of 14 Lynn University students participating in the "Journey of Hope" mission trip when the earthquake struck.
Hayes was staying in the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince where she died along with three other students and two professors.
Hayes left behind her parents, two sisters, and a brother.
Her sister Caitlin Hayes is a student at the University of Alabama, and told us over the phone today that she's just trying to stay busy on this day that bring back many memories and much sadness.
"Your sister is really your best friend because she was two years older than me, so she was one of my best friends growing up. It's been pretty intense at times. We've gone on a lot of trips this year just to kind of get away just because I mean you can never really get away from it."
Caitlin Hayes was in Spain this time last year studying abroad when she got the news about her sister.
She says everyday is hard but that loving support from her friends and community has helped her and her family get through the past year.
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