Immigrant killed on Dallas highway; fate of family's dream uncertain

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by JASON WHITELY

WFAA

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:05 AM

DALLAS — "In September, I lost my grandmother and my aunt in two weeks, but I promise you — I didn't have this kind of shock," said Karen Samobo.

She got the crushing news about what happened to her friend Feh Kidze  from a short text message: "Fey is dead."

"When I think about it, I think it's not fair, you know?" said Samobo, who added that hard work was paying off for Kidze.

The 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., Samobo said. 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.

A few days before the accident, doctors told her she was expecting a baby boy.

Karen Samobo rushed to Medical City Hospital, but never saw her friend alive again.

"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.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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