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MADILL, OK -- Tragedy strikes a Texoma family for the second time in less than a week, as a second daughter dies following a car crash near a softball tournament.

A wake was held tonight for an 11-year-old girl killed in a wreck while away in western Oklahoma. She was there playing on a Johnston County softball team.

The team, the Tishomingo Shockers, was so happy to be playing in a state tournament. But one family up in Beckham County for the event got in a bad wreck. Today the second girl involved in the accident died from her injuries.

The bond between mother and daughter, and between sisters, and the pain of losing them.

"Makes you rethink life and what's most important," says family friend Chad Coleman.

A wake for Kari Baker, 11, in Madill, turned into a night to remember not just Kari, but also her 12-year-old sister Kelli.

"I met her at the Boys and Girls Club last year and we became really good friends," says Kari's friend Bethany Coleman.

Coleman is learning about death at a young age, saying goodbye to her friend who she called "Kare Bear."

Kari had just completed the 4th grade at Tishomingo Elementary School.

Tishomingo Shockers coach and Middle School principal Charles Hook says it was Kelli, who just finished 6th grade this year, who was on his 12-and-under team.

They were playing at the OK Kids Baseball Association's state softball tournament in Hobart. Her sister and mom were tagging along.

Troopers say the Bakers were driving from their hotel when at an intersection, they turned into the path of a semi. In an instant, Kari was gone.

Mother Cathy -- treated and released in Elk City -- rushed to Kelli's bedside in Oklahoma City.

Since Friday, friends and family have been pulling for Kelli to pull through. Then came word on Wednesday that she too is gone.

"I think it's horrible. I think it's a tragedy. I mean no parent should bury their kids," says parent Quinton Huls.

At the Boys and Girls Club where Cathy baker works as a program aide, there were tears on Wednesday after they learned their co-worker lost not one daughter, but both.

Now, adults and children alike struggle to understand.

"And her sister was close to me too so it's hard to just know that she's not here anymore," says Bethany Coleman.

Kari's funeral is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Madill and burial at Shay Cemetery.

There's no word yet on funeral arrangements for Kelli.