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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

October 7, 1997

Friends mourn Mandi

Tattoo Staff Writer

On a star-crossed Saturday night, Amanda Quinto,
a Bristol Eastern senior, climbed on the back of
a motorcycle expecting a ride home.

She never made it -- fate made sure she did not.

On that Saturday night, Mandi was taken away
from us. The spunky girl we called "Firecracker" 
died a few days later from injuries she received
when the cycle crashed with a car on Center

Her family and friends are still searching for
the cause of that terrible accident.

Somehow we feel the need to find out in order to
fully move on and justify some of our hurt and

It will be easy to remember Mandi.

Whether it be the perfectly curly hair she
slaved over, the fingernails she meticulously
kept polished or her sassy attitude, she left a
lasting impression and will be sorely missed.

For those who called her our friend, Amanda
Quinto will always be ldblquote in the zone.
We who are left behind are suffering and waiting
for the pain to stop. We need to know why such a
wonderful, beautiful person was taken from the
world on Sept. 17, 1997 -- a date which will be
etched into our minds for years to come.
We miss you Mandi, and wish we could see you
once again.

It makes us feel empty not to be able to see
your smile every morning, or even hear your
attitude. I know many of us just want to say
good-bye and give you a hug and others have
things they want to tell you. 

I am still in a great deal of pain, trying to
find a way to cope and trying to find answers,
to have my closing.

For those of you also searching for closing, I
have this advice for you which I have been
telling myself since the 17th: She loved us, she
always will. I believe she forgives any of us
who might have been on bad terms with her when
she left. I know she wouldn't want any grudges.

No matter where Mandi is right now, she is
watching over us and is trying to fix all of our
pain. If we open ourselves up, the good memories
we have of her will help ease our pain.

Mandi wouldn't want us to have any anger over
her death, and we can't because anger is not
going to help any of us. All anger does is put
us a step into the past. Mandi wouldn't want us
there. We all have to take a step into the
future because the future is the only place
where we will find our closings and peace.
If any good comes of her death, it will be this:
We will all learn.

We will learn life is so short and we never know
when good-bye will be forever. We have to do our
best to live today for today and now for now.

I'm sure Mandi didn't contemplate never going
home again when she jumped on the back of that
bike. She no doubt didn't think of the deadly
consequences of not wearing a helmet.

We must take responsibility for our actions,
because for each of us -- like there was for
Mandi -- there is going to be a time like that
night at the party when we are in control of our
own destiny.
Mandi would tell us that.

Click here to reach the memorial website for Amanda Quito