STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A young U.S. born Liberian, a resident of Staten Island who was killed in a car crash in Liberia last month has been brought home, her family told the Advance Tuesday.
Princess Yates, 19, was killed in Monrovia, the capital of the West African nation on Thursday, July 21, a little more than a month before her 20th birthday, Princess’ mother, Oretha Bestman-Yates said.
Her father, Prince Yates, said she was brought back to the United States on Monday from the country.
“She was very soft spoken, very loving, and she had a beautiful smile,” Yates said.
The family had asked for financial assistance to cover the $40,000 in costs to bring Princess home from Liberia.
Her father said the donations from people were “very helpful” in accomplishing their goal.
Princess was in her parents’ native country with family, and was supposed to spend the weekend with her grandmother, who turned 90.
Bestman-Yates, who previously served as president of the Staten Island Liberian Community Association, said she dropped her daughter off at an event for Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at Monrovia’s city hall the night she was killed.
“It was the last time I saw her,” she said.
Spelman College, in Atlanta, where Yates attended university, released a statement about Yates, who was an environmental science, dual degree engineering major.
Her father said she was “very passionate about the environment.”
In addition to her parents, Princess is survived by brothers Prince Jr. and Jordan, and sisters Natasha Jackson and Emily.
A viewing will be held Friday in Christian Pentecostal Church at 900 Richmond Road from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at the church, and she will buried inMoravian Cemetery, New Dorp.