'They loved life to the fullest': Shocked community mourns brothers, 10 and 13, killed in Canton car crash
CANTON, OHIO: Two brothers, aged 10 and 13, were killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, October 1. Details of the fatal car crash are yet to be revealed by Canton police who have confirmed that Javon Moore, father of Brayden Kauffman and Kayden Compton, was driving a Ford F-550 which crashed, resulting in the death of his sons.
Moore was seriously injured in the accident and hospitalized. In a GoFundMe post, the family said, “These two boys loved life to the fullest and they were the happiest, kindest, most caring and loving kids you could ever meet.” The fundraiser has already raised $7220 out of a goal of $17,000.
The boys' friends are devastated by their deaths. “I miss him a lot and it’s like you never really know how much you miss them until they’re gone and it’s very hard for me,” said 15-year-old friend Lissa Morgan, who spoke to FOX 8 with her mother’s permission. The location of the deaths of brothers Brayden, 10, and Kayden, 13, has been made a memorial site for others to pay their respects. “They liked dirt bikes. They were really into them,” Lissa added. “I know a lot of people do love them and care for them. It’s just sad to see now that they have pictures of them on a tree and nobody will be able to see them again,” said Lissa. The Canton Metro Crash Team is still looking into what caused the accident. The involvement of drugs, alcohol, or speed in the collision is still unknown, according to the police.
The Ford F-550 lost control off the road and rolled once before hitting a tree, according to Canton police, just before 9.30 pm on Saturday, October 1. The impact's force, according to neighbors, knocked out the electricity of the houses nearby. “Just the fact of losing two young children is a big loss. I just lost my son last year and his memorial is coming up and I can’t imagine what they’re going through, losing two of their kids,” said neighbor Scott Nelson, one of the first to arrive on the scene to help.
According to Canton police, the father of the boys, 31-year-old Moore, was driving and was injured seriously enough to be brought to the hospital. Both of his sons were declared dead at the site. “I really couldn’t get them out or anything because parts of the truck had closed them in the vehicle… The first responders came with the jaws of life,” said neighbor Chuck Barnes to Fox 8. “I saw the one boy put his arm up in the air twice and he told him to stay inside until he got help. I didn’t notice no smoke coming from the vehicle, so we didn’t attempt to get them out,” said his wife, Jackie Barnes.
While his brother Kayden attended STEAMM Academy, Brayden went to McGregor Elementary in Canton. Jeffery Talbert, the chief of Canton Schools, issued a statement that said, “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of these students, and especially to our McGregor and STEAMM Academy communities. We have counselors and crisis team members available to students and staff as we support one another during this sad time. We ask the community to please keep the family of the boys in their prayers.”