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Communities mourn after church van crash kills three teens

Posted at 8:29 AM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-12 22:31:17-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several church communities are gathering to mourn this morning after three teenagers will killed in a rollover van crash Friday in southern Missouri.

Three crosses were put up at Faith Chapel Assembly of God in Overland Park in honor of the teens -14 year-old Hannah Foy, 17 year-old Samara Bayse from Stillwell, and 16 year-old David Martin of Olathe.

On Sunday, members of the Garland Faith Chapel Church came to the Overland Park campus to join in service. 

"We really need each other and expressing our grief and our sorrow. Yet, our hope," said Dr. Sondra Cave, Lead Pastors for Faith Chapel.

Bob and Sondra Cave have been pastors at the church for more than 20 years. They said they never imagined something like this would happen.

"It's surreal. It's horrible, the unthinkable. It's been rough the past several days just trying to get through everything," said Pastor Bob Cave.

On Friday, the driver of the church van lost control and ran off Missouri Highway 13.

Thirteen people were on the van when it crashed, the driver survived.

Pastor Bob said each family is dealing with the deaths in different ways, like Samara's family.

"Tom, their father is a widow. His wife passed away a few years ago and he doesn't have family here. So, we are his family."

The Caves' said Tommy and Samara both wanted to serve the Lord.

"Definitely called to the ministry, she's gonna be a youth pastor," said Bob talked about Samara. And, when talking about Tommy's future. "He was headed to ministry as well. Fantastic kid, just loved the Lord."

As for Sunday's service, "We just offer the message of hope. We have had several reach out and said I just wanna follow along the footsteps of Samara and Tommy and Hannah. We said that is what exactly God asks for us," said Sondra Cave.

Three people are still in the hospital and are improving.