KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A family with roots that stretch across the metro will gather at least once more this holiday season not for celebration, but for the funeral for Randy and Areosha Cannon, siblings killed in a rollover crash Friday morning.
The Cannons – Randy, 28, and Areosha, 23, were coming home from a night out after Thanksgiving dinner when police believe Randy overcorrected while speeding and flipped their car. A third passenger was in critical condition Friday night, but expected to survive the crash.
The pair's aunt and one of several matriarchs atop a sprawling family tree told 41 Action News on Friday she remembered the last words she told Randy as he left Thanksgiving dinner around 10pm on Thursday.
"Be careful," Helen Davis Moore said. "It's the holidays - anything can happen. He said ‘Okay auntie,"... and he walks off, and when he walked off I never thought that would be the last I'd see him."
Randy and Areosha fell near the top of a sibling totem pole that included ten brothers and sisters stretching decades. Areosha even shared the same June birthday as younger sister Mariah who was under Moore's care on Friday night.
"I think I'm strong because I have to be, and I think I'm strong because that's what God put us here for -- to be strong for one another," Moore said. "There are 10 children. There are now eight. It's going to be hard."
Other family members gathered at Moore's home on Friday and said they would take solace in faith to get through the holidays and hoped other families would see their pain and hold one another even closer.
"As a family, we have to know that God makes no mistakes," Moore said