Hours before dying, country singer Kylie Rae Harris shared a haunting Instagram story about her trip to Taos, New Mexico.
She was there to sing at a music festival, and her video for the social media platform talked about how much Taos meant to her as a person and to her family.
She also shared how tragically, everyone that “was there” in her family has since passed away, including her grandparents and father. Now, she too lost her life in the same town that meant so much to her, driving the same roads her father did years ago.
Harris shared a series of pictures and videos on Instagram as she made the 12-hour drive to Taos, New Mexico. A Texas native, she shared intimate details of her childhood, including what it felt like to drive through the same mountains she previously did with her father as a child.
She got teary-eyed as she recalled a story about her father hitting a cow in the road, and even implied that his spirit was sending her good messages when she saw cows in fields just after getting sad at his memory.
She tweeted just hours before the crash that she was running low on fuel and hoped that she wouldn’t get stranded on the side of the road in New Mexico. Her Instagram shows she gassed up, got coffee, and hit the road again.
Harris’ Ties to Taos
Harris was a single mother to a 5-year-old girl from North Texas, but much of her extended family lived in Taos. Both her grandparents, as well as several uncles, lived there and she traveled the roads often with her father.
She says the only person of her family left in Taos is a single uncle, and that everyone else has passed away. In the several-minute video, she opens up to her fans and tells them all about her emotional connections and how meaningful Taos is, along with how excited she is to play at the festival.
She was slotted to play at the 17th annual Big Barn Dance Festival, which is a 3-day event that features food and a lot of country music.
There are not many details of the accident currently released. We know it involved 3 different cars, and one other person, a 16-year-old girl, was also killed. The third driver appears unharmed.
New Mexico police have said that alcohol was “a factor” in the crash, but have not released just who was consuming it. More details are expected to be released in the coming days.