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Family, friends and even strangers gathered at the Family Christian Center in Munster, Ind., where hundreds celebrated the lives of seven family members killed in a crash on I-65 last week. Rob Elgas reports.
Thursday's rain seemed to mirror the heavy hearts of those who gathered for a memorial service for the seven people killed last week in a fiery crash on Interstate 65 in Indiana.
Two sisters, their four children and an uncle were killed when the Jeep they were in was crushed between two tractor trailers in a construction zone.
"[The support] has really meant a lot to us over these past couple days," Gerald Williams, a brother of two sisters killed in the crash, said outside the Family Christian Center, at 340 W. 45th St., in Munster, Ind. "We are a very close family, and our faith in Jesus Christ will see us through this."
Amado "June Bug" Manguel Jr., 49, was among those killed. He was known for his sense of humor. Yvette Williams was a devoted mother to 7-year-old Jazmin Osborne, who dreamed of being a star, and 5-year-old Jamin "JuJo" Osborne Jr., who loved sports and being with his cousins.
Williams' younger sister, Lindsey Williams, was also killed. Friends said she lived for her two daughters: 5-year-old Yazmin "MiMi" Goldman, who loved stories, and 3-year-old Arielle "Seedie" Goldman, who had bright eyes and an even brighter personality.
Friends of the families started a fundraiser after their deaths and raised nearly $10,000 to help with funeral expenses.
As of Thursday, Indiana State Police officials said charges had not pressed against the driver of the tractor-trailer that struck the family's Jeep that night, but investigators said there were no signs he tapped the brakes as he approached the construction zone where the family was stopped.