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Community raises thousands for family of victims in deadly Louisville crash

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – Members of a southern Indiana church helped raise thousands of dollars for a family that lost three people in a fiery weekend crash on a Louisville interstate.

Samantha Owens, 21, was killed Saturday night along with her 9-year-old sister, Lauren Owens, and Samantha’s newborn son, Liam.

According to Louisville Metro Police, the three were passengers in a car involved in two crashes-- one right after the other-- along I-64 near Hurstbourne Parkway.

Investigators say the driver of the car, baby Liam’s father got out and went to talk to another driver. The car then burst into flames.

On Wednesday evening, people packed the Owens family’s church, Colgate Baptist Church in Clarksville for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

Kimberly Kimmel-Meadors, a member of the church came up with the idea. She lost her son around this time last year, and wanted to help.

“I’m still suffering the loss of one. I cannot imagine losing three,” said Kimmel-Meadors. “This is just a devastating thing for those little girls to be gone. It’s just not real.”

“You know, you put yourself in other peoples’ shoes, and you can’t help but extend your arms,” said Beth Dorsey, a family friend who attended the event.

“We want them to know that there’s a crowd of people out here in Clarksville that are behind them,” said Phil Dorsey, who was also at the fundraiser.

The event raised $4,386 to help the Owens family with funeral costs and other expenses.

“To know that complete strangers are reaching out, it’s humbling,” said Samantha and Lauren’s uncle, Paul Fetter. “The bright spot in the tragedy is the outpouring of community support. We never expected it. We don’t exactly know how to take it, but it’s a bright light in this dark time.”

As of Wednesday night, a GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised about $24,000.

Visitation for the three will be Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. at Colgate Baptist Church.

Another visitation will be held there Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. also at the church.

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