O.C. teen dead in desert mishap

Full story: Orange Co. Register

Jamie Michelle Ainley, 18, of Yorba Linda died Saturday evening, the apparent victim of an off-road motorcycle accident, the San Bernardino coroner's office reported.
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Jen

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Oct 10, 2006
 
Jamie was the sweetest most respected person ever, may she rest in peace. She will be missed.
Francine Bless

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Oct 11, 2006
 
JAmie was my student at Van Buren Elementary and she touched my heart. She was the most unselfish, kind and caring young lady. She never hesitated to jump in and help another student and her love of reading was inspiring. She will be missed. I know the world is a better place because of her. I saw it. Please pray for her family - they must be shattered by this loss.
Danielle Black

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Oct 12, 2006
 
Jaime was such a wonderful person. I know that she has touched so many lives, including mine. She will always be remembered by those who knew her, she is not someone you can easily forget. Jaime was a kind, giving, and loving person who was excited about life. My deepest regards to her family; although I do not know them, I am praying for you. I cannot begin to express my sympathy for your loss. Jaime will continue to be an inspiration to me throughout my life; in the short time that she had here on earth she lived and loved more than many will in a full lifetime.
Michael Berg

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Oct 15, 2006
 
Jamie sounds like a magnificent person. It is so hard when someone like this is taken too soon. I really feel for her family, as I know all to well how it feels to lose a loved one. I lost my son 214 weeks ago today in a MX accident.
Please let me know if I may be of any assistance to the family of Jamie. May they somehow find some comfort in this very hard time.
In Sympathy,
Michael Berg
"Motodad393"
www.allthingsmoto.com
www.thumpertalk.com
Mike Berg

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Oct 15, 2006
 
Jamie sounds like a wonderful person. It is so tragic when a young person is taken so early in life. I know how her family feels. I lost my son 214 weeks ago today in an MX accident.

If I may be of assistance to her family - please contact me. Do a search on "Motoman393" - that will help you contact me.

Sincerely and In Sympathy

Mike Berg
"Motodad393"
Elisabeth Ingraham

Concord, CA

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Oct 15, 2006
 
For Jamie's family--
I met Jamie the day she went to the Legion of Honor museum for the Monet in Normandy exhibit... she rode with us, packed into my Suburban with our French teacher and our classmates... we had a wonderful day at the museum-she got as close as allowable to the paintings that caught her eye--, admiring the sights of SF (I got to play tour guide), eating at the Cafe Bastille--I shared my baked goat cheese with her and she shared her creme brulee with me... Jamie soaked it all in, savoring everything. We played hangman in french, right on the paper that covered the table. It was Jamie's idea.:-)
She was an inspiration to me then, a wonderful reminder to squeeze all the flavor out of life. I admired you for letting her come up north to school. I have teenagers too, and it's hard to let them venture out. We lost my 8-year old stepson suddenly two years ago.. I understand, and I'm so sorry. I want you to know that she was loved and looked after up here. I feel lucky to have met her.
I read this Friday night; we got together to remember Jamie. I found a beautiful photo of her on her myspace page and printed a few copies for her friends.
Mais elle était du monde, où les plus belles choses
Ont le pire destin,
Et rose elle a vécu ce que vivent les roses,
L'espace d'un matin.
--François Malherbe
But she was of the world, where the most beautiful things
Have the worst fate,
And she, a rose, has lived as roses do,
The span of one morning.
In sympathy,
Elisabeth Ingraham
elisabeth@ingrahamclan.com
Tamara Fairris

Mississauga, Canada

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Oct 29, 2006
 
I had the privelage of loving Jamie and guiding her as a parent would. She was an amazing young girl who turned into an amazing young woman I looked forward to watching her change the world. Her place now is in Heaven as unbearable as this is she is with her mother whom she longed for. Jamie experienced so many surrogate mothers in her life and I am so blessed the memories of being one of them. God bless you sweet Angel
Allison Lobel

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Oct 31, 2006
 
Jamie was one of the most kind hearted persons I have ever had the pleasure to be friends with. I will miss her so much.
Carey Ainley

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Dec 16, 2006
 
Please accept my sincerest appreciation to all of you who have taken the time to express your memories and feelings about my sweet and precious little Jamie. Your words bring healing to my heart just to know that Jamie's life brought some sunshine into each of our lives! Jamie was an Angel to me, just like her Mom! Jamie had no enemies... I had to stand in line for my turn to pay reverence to my own little girl! I continually battle with the reality that she is really gone...
"Time" is relentless as it slowly reveals the reality of her absence, and I cling to the memories that we all share together to bring her back to life... just for a moment!

With heart-felt thanks and love to you all,

Carey
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Apr 12, 2007
 
I will never forget the first time I met Jamie. Pretty much the most vivid memory of that moment was the huge smile stretched across her face. She had this way of lighting up an entire room, her presence was unmistakable. She was always happy and laughing and having a great time. She was one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met. She had so many goals and dreams and it was amazing to me to watch her try to puruse them all at such a young age. She truly was an amazing person. She tugged on my heart strings and I can see she has done the same to many others. She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Jamie, I love you.
nichole sculley

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Jul 24, 2007
 
I met Jamie when she came up to live with chris. My husband and I were living there, as we were friends of his from church, newlyweds, pregnant, and his house was big enough. The first day she came I went up into her room and jumped on her bed while she was sleeping. Yes, it was a funny way of saying hello, but I'll always remember it. We got along great and it was nice having another girl in the house! Together we talked about everything, and one of our favorite topics was Harry Potter.=)
One day at the end of September we were talking and she asked me if I was scared to be a parent at such a young age (19). I said no I wasn't because I had so much support around me and a loving family. She started to get tears in her eyes as I spoke about them. After I was done she said (crying)how much she loved her family and friends so much but felt like she didn't tell them enough. So she called just about everyone she knew and told them that she loved them and I said I was happy for her and gave her a hug. A few days later, a Saturday, the day we moved to Napa, we hugged and said goodbye and planned to have dinner together in my newe place. On Wedensday, she called to say she got her license and encouraged me to do the same. On Sunday we got a call from a church friend saying what happened. I couldn't stop crying.
I'm so sad that she's gone. She was going to do so much for the world. I will never forget her. We could have been life-long friends.
I love you Jamie. I'll see you in Heaven.
nikki
Rob Smith

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Aug 2, 2007
 
Wow... I never thought I would stumble upon this.

Well here it goes.

I met Jaime in my math class at Solano Community College. We started talking one day because we are both very social people. After that first conversation, we talked every day after that for hours before class.

Jaime influenced me in so many ways. But I didn't realize that until after her death. Jaime wanted to study abroad in France, and we knew we would be friends for life. She knew what she wanted in life. She did her best at everything. She strived for perfection. She was naturally perfect.

I never thought that someone could be so, right on about everything.

When I found out about what happened, I was immediately thrown into shock. I couldn't imagine that someone so perfect could be gone from this Earth. Shortly after her death, I got a tattoo with a script that says "Learn from the Dead". I look at it every day and think about her and what she meant to me.

I wanted to make it to her funeral, but I found out about it the day before. I sent flowers, but I had no way of telling the family how much she had impacted my life. If anyone has any information has to how I can send a letter or something I would really appreciate it. My email is RSmith8081@sbcglobal.net.

Jaime was to good for this world, and though she is missed, I know she is in a better place.

I will never forget you Jaime. Rest in Peace

Sincerely,
Rob Smith
Rob Smith

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Aug 2, 2007
 
I'm actually from Vacaville. I don't know why it says San Leandro...
Kelly Strittmatter

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Sep 12, 2007
 
Jamie, I miss you. I think about you often, and you always bring a smile to my face, and tears to my eyes. I will never forget the notes you'd leave me when you left for school. I'll never forget sitting with you at Mimi's when I'd pick you up from work, and all of our special conversations regarding family and love. I'll never forget your smiles when you were happy, and your tears when you were sad. I will always treasure the gifts you made for me, and the precious memories I have of you.

Rest in Peace sweet Jamie.

-More Kel Bell
Jennifer

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Sep 18, 2007
 
Wow, it's almost been a year.
Not a day goes by where I don't think about Jamie and her beautiful smile.

Jamie was an amazing person who touched so many people. I've never met anyone as kind and smart as she was.

Jamie, I miss you so much and I will never forget you. I have so many pictures of you, one of them hangs right next to my computer so I can see you everyday. We had so many fun times togther.. who could forget all of Gaby's crazy parties or "I can bounce the pencil, can you bounce the pencil?"?

Rest in peace my dear friend.
Johanna

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Sep 21, 2007
 
I DID NOT KNOW HER BUT SHE SOUNDS LIKE A LOVED PERSON,
RIP JAMIE!!!!!!!!!!
miles ainley

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Oct 10, 2007
 
well im miles its been a year since ive seen jamie and i miss her so so much i am her cousin and have so many great memorys that ile never forget.i remember goin on trips and family things, laughing at grandpa bobs jokes even though they're terible jokes, and the best of them all were the ones when she lived up north with my dad. I got to see her every other weekend and they were so great laughing and watching movies and teaching me so many great things.
i dont understand why you died things were going perfect you got your licence, school was going great pretty much you had life figured out and i know that its said no ones perfect but when i looked at you that seems like a lie.

jamie i miss you so much and love you so much -miles
Ron Passmore

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Jan 21, 2008
 
It is difficult to express how sad I was to hear of Jamie's accident and passing. I was devastated. Jamie was an incredibly beautiful, intelligent, sincere and elogent young woman at the age of 17 when I got to know her. What she would have become would have been nothing short of awe inspiring. Her father and brothers are some of the kindest, gentlest people on earth. Though I could not express to them my sorrow due to circumstances beyond my control, I hope that you see this email Carey and know how much I admire you and can feel the strong bear hug I would have given you to show how much I felt and still feel for Jamie, you and family. I know that it will take a life time to heal. I lost a brother and I try to smile every time I think of him, to feel his goodness, to celebrate the laughter we shared and the happiness he has found, and in knowing that I will see him again soon, and we will laugh, smile and catch up. I hope to see you by chance one day Carey, and I hope I can make real the virtual hug of respect, admiration and respect I have for you, and send you now! God bless! Please tell Jamie I said hi when you pray for her and think of her! I know she is listening, and smiling! You are much to be proud of.
Blaire Heath

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May 30, 2008
 
Jamie was an amazing person! She was so loving, positive, intelligent and genuine. She was so creative and had so many unique works of art. I will never forget the night I heard of her passing and the way this tragedy still strongly held the presence of God. I loved her and had the privilege of having her as my cousin and friend. She will always be missed and I will treasure the memories I have of her. I look forward to be reunited in heaven with her and Aunt June.
-Blaire
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Jun 2, 2008
 
It's truely amazing and stunning how people instantly love and miss those who die even if they barely knew them. It seems like every time a teenager dies in orange county there is a huge mourning that goes on, even someone who hates the person who died would put a "dedication" in their myspace. Even people who didnt know them at all suddenly know them when they die.

Anyways, was she a bro?:)

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