Tiffany Ryan is sad and mad at the world right now, struggling with the grief of losing her daughter in a fire in Granbury early Sunday that also took the lives of five of her daughter's friends.
She is angry that her daughter, Alexis Schooley -- who celebrated her 17th birthday at the mobile home in Granbury -- didn't abide by her midnight curfew.
She is frustrated that Alexis didn't ride back to Fort Worth that morning with a carload of friends.
And she is saddened that her daughter was not one of the three who somehow escaped the burning home.
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"I'm really not doing very well," Ryan said. "It's just awful, horrific. I don't understand how three people made it out and she didn't. There's just a lot of anger, resentment and sadness."
Five other families are also struggling to make sense of it all. The Hood County fire marshal has released five of the victims' names: Schooley; Vivian Alejandra Rodriguez, 18; Nicholas Drake Evans, 19; Savannah Dix-Marrero, 16; and Timothy Dale Moran, 30. The name of the sixth victim, Calvin Reineck, 18, was not released by the fire marshal but his identity has been confirmed by friends and family.
Officials, family and friends said Reineck and his 16-year-old sister, Celeste, had decided to throw Schooley a birthday party Saturday night at their father's lakefront mobile home on Wildwood Circle in Granbury. Their dad was out of town.
Partygoers said everyone was having a great time, dancing and getting loud while Calvin Reineck and Evans DJ'd.
"Nick and Calvin were wrecking on the turntable," said Danielle Smith, 19. "They're aspiring DJs, both of them. They go hard."
The party raged on for hours until some started falling asleep. At some point, Celeste Reineck offered to drive people back to the Fort Worth area.
Smith, Meagan Lynn, 18, and two other friends were among those who made it home that morning.
But Celeste Reineck and some back at the mobile home did not.
On the way back to Granbury, about 5:45 a.m., Celeste Reineck's car struck a tree. She was taken by helicopter ambulance to a hospital, where she is recovering. About 15 minutes after her wreck, a fire erupted inside the mobile home, where everyone was sleeping.
Melissa Billingsley was among those who woke up in time to escape.
"I took a huge gasp for air and it was pure smoke," she said. "The only person I could see was Calvin. I was slapping him, yelling his name and telling him his house was on fire, but I had to get out or else I was going to die."
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, but don't suspect foul play, said Brian Fine, Hood County Fire Marshal. Fined said that alcohol may have contributed to the inability of the victims to escape, and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is also involved.
Capt. Charlie Cloud, a regional commander at the commission, said the fire marshal contacted his office after information surfaced that underage partygoers may have bought alcohol in Fort Worth.
"If we have a location that is selling alcohol to minors, we are going to work it," Cloud said. "If we have a leak in the dam, we are going to try and fix it."
Meanwhile, families and friends of the six victims are making funeral arrangements, organizing fundraisers and coming together in their grief.
"It's like a crazy dream," Lynn said.
Melody McDonald, 817-390-7386