‘Reunited’: Woman killed crossing street had twin who died in crash 9 years earlier

Nine years ago, the Davenport family got a call that a driver ran a red light and crashed into their 23-year-old daughter Nicole’s car, killing her. On Wednesday night, they got an eerily similar call—this time about Nicole’s twin sister Kymberly.

Kymberly Davenport, 32, was hit by a truck and killed after she stepped into the street on Palo Verde Avenue near Atherton Street at 8:20 Wednesday night, police said. The driver of the truck, an 18-year-old, was changing lanes to turn right onto Atherton as she was attempting to cross the street, her father said. It was nine years to the day from her twin’s funeral.

Kymberly Davenport. Photo courtesy of Lexie Sullivan.

Their grandmother, Barbara Davenport recalled getting the call from her son telling her what happened.

“I said, ‘You can’t tell me that; we just did this,’” Barbara said. “I can’t imagine two twins dying the same way nine years apart.”

Friday night, Dozens of family members and friends held a candlelight vigil for Kymberly near where she was hit. The sidewalk along Palo Verde Avenue filled with memorial candles, plants and photos of “Kym Byrd.”

Much of Kym’s family described Nicole’s death as a horrific time for them, but now they feel a certain peace that the sisters are reunited.

“I feel this time it’s bittersweet. It’s very strange to say that,” aunt Robin Johnson said.

The sisters were inseparable, and Nicole’s death left a part of Kym missing, Johnson said. But even then, Kym supported her friends and family in that hard time.

“The first thing she said to me (after Nichole’s death), she grabbed my face and said, ‘Nikki loved you so much,’” her longtime friend Jessica Holden said. “And I’m like: Wait a minute, I’m supposed to be comforting you.”

But that’s just the kind of person Kym was, always supporting others through hard times, Holden said.

The two got together often to go to Los Angeles Kings hockey games—Kym was a huge sports fan, a pastime she shared with her twin sister and her brother.

Dozens of family members and friends gathered to remember Kymberly Davenport on January 24, 2020. Davenport died Jan. 22 after being hit by a car on Palo Verde Avenue. Photo by Valerie Osier.

“She loved concerts, hip hop and reggae and all that. She was a lively, lively girl and loved life and loved her family,” said her mom, Stephanie. “She loved football. You could not interrupt her on a Sunday.”

Kym also leaves behind her longtime boyfriend, Nick Duclos. The two met in elementary school and fell in love in middle school, he said. They lived in Long Beach and worked together for a legal support service in Santa Ana.

“I loved her my whole life,” Duclos said.

Kym’s father, Ronnie Davenport, said he and his wife don’t harbor any anger toward the 18-year-old who was driving the truck. His daughter was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ronnie said.

“I just hope he doesn’t feel guilty,” Ronnie said. “There’s no reason to forgive him because he didn’t do anything wrong.”

The family just wants Kym and Nicole to be celebrated for who they were, their mother said.

“These two girls had hearts of gold and didn’t deserve the cards life dealt them,” a GoFundMe page for the family says. “Although we now have to face the reality of living a life without Kymberly in it, we find peace knowing that she is reunited with her sister and nothing can ever separate them again.”

Dozens of family members and friends gathered to remember Kymberly Davenport on January 24, 2020. Davenport died Jan. 22 after being hit by a car on Palo Verde Avenue. Photo by Valerie Osier.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.