Community remembers family killed in Amargosa Valley crash
Church members in Arizona are remembering a family killed in a crash in Nevada.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many people around Kingman, Ariz., are reaching out to a man who lost his wife and two sons in a horrible crash this week in Amargosa Valley.
The Howell family of Golden Valley, Ariz., were well known and liked at the Kingman Christian Church.
"The boys were amazing, joyful boys," said Ryan Henderson. "And the mother Joy, she really lived up to her name. She was always helping out, smiling. The community really loved this family."
Monday, the community came together when Tony Howell found out that his wife, 9-year-old son Justin and 13-year-old son Jesse were missing.
"They just didn't come home," Henderson said. "He was expecting them home at midnight from the trip they were on."
It took a few hours before they found out the family had died when they were hit by a wrong-way driver late Sunday night on Highway 95 about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The family was returning from a 4H show in northern Nevada. They were very involved in 4H in Mohave County.
That's how 17-year-old Rebekah Russell knew them.
"They were always a lot of fun, the kind of people you'd want to be around," Rebekah said. "It was always good to be around them."
She's still in shock that they won't be around anymore, but she's doing what she can to help by organizing a car wash with fellow 4H and church members.
"I know everyone was stunned and didn't really know what to do, and I just thought there's going to be a lot of cost with everything," Rebekah said. "We might as well start now and get the word out."
The church has also started a fund to help Tony Howell and honor the memory of his loved ones.
"We believe in our faith that they're with Christ, they're in heaven and we'll be able to see them again."