A Final Farewell

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

April 2, 2011 Updated Apr 2, 2011 at 9:14 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Today, Alexx Bauer and Evan Weaver were laid to rest.

Their funerals come one day after the funerals of their friends Matthew Roe and Riley Zimmer. The four were killed last week in a car accident. They were heading back to Angola from their spring break trip when a driver crossed the median on Interstate-65 in Alabama and smashed into the teens.

Through the past week, the definition of community has never been clearer as thousands of family, friends, community members, classmates, teammates and folks from around Northeast Indiana, some with no tie to the families at all, came together to show support for an unimaginable tragedy.

Howard McKeever, Head Custodian at Angola High School, was in awe of how Angola High School responded to the loss of their young men. He said, "Our staff, our guidance counseling staff and our student body has come together as one. It's been amazing. The emotions shared, but the support shared."

Daniel Nagle, an Angola community member touched by this past week’s events, said the past week has taught everyone a lesson in love. He said, “You learn what compassion and kindness and love is. And that's basically what these boys had for life… What we can hold onto and be thankful for is their strength. And the strength that it's going to come to us from everybody. That we stand together as this community usually does."

Donations and memorials can be sent to the Fourever Friends 2011 Memorial Scholarship through the Steuben County Community Foundation.
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ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Angola community will pay respects to the families of four teenagers who died in a Spring Break car crash last weekend.

Visitations were held today at Angola High School and Trine University.

The crowd at Trine University was huge. Hundreds of friends, family and community members formed a line nearly one hour before the viewing at Trine’s recreation center began. Serving as the next step in an undoubtedly shocking and gut-wrenching process, people from across the Northeast Indiana area said to goodbye to 18-year-old seniors Alexx Bauer, Riley Zimmer, Matt Roe and Evan Weaver.

The four were killed when their car was hit head-on in Alabama last Saturday.

Andy Sheets knew the families of the young men. He attended Trine’s public viewing and memorial service. He said, “"They say to bury a family member is one thing, but when you have to bury your child, that's something that nobody's actually prepared to deal with no matter who you are. It's just one of those tings we put in God's hands and let him take care of the rest of it.”

Alyssa Laney, a 9th grader at Angola High School, said she did not know the boys well but shared the struggle she witnessed at school and in the community this week. She said, “"There's a lot of support. Everyone has gone around hugging, just showing their love for one another and giving their families all they can to help support. May God be with them. I'm really at a loss of words for them."

Funerals for Zimmer and Roe are scheduled for Friday.

Bauer and Weaver will be laid to rest on Saturday.




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