WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – A community is trying to heal after a fiery crash killed two Parker County teenagers. The accident happened last Thursday near Springtown. Two other teens were also seriously injured.
On Sunday night, dozens of friends and family gathered in Weatherford for a tearful tribute to the victims. They gathered to find comfort and healing.
The start of a new yearbegan with a somber rememberance.
“I’m going to miss him a lot,” friend Taylor Hetrick said.
Friends and family of 18-year old Josh Brown filled a church parking lot in Weatherford. They shared memories, laughter and tears in hte soft glow of candlelight.
“He was just a great guy,” friend Katie Phillips recalled. “He was always there for me when I needed him. He was a sweetheart.”
Police say Brown was drving down a road near Springtown, when he lost control of his truck and slammed into a house. The truck burst into flames. His 14-year old passenger, Alex Christian, also died in that crash.
“He inspired me – how much he loved his dad and his family,” Hetrick said. “Since that, I changed the way I treat my dad and my family.”
“He had such a love of life,” Brown’s teacher Angela Arthurs said. “He touched everybody and always made us happy.”
Two young lives lost too soon – a tragedy Arthurs hopes other teens will take to heart.
“We will definately use this as this is the last thing Josh has to tell us. You need to be careful and make good choices and don’t speed because at the end of the day – you dont know what could happen.”
13- year old Madelyn Mitchell and 15-year old Halston McCue were also seriously injured. They remain hospitalized, recovering from their injuries.