'That is the Marshalltown way': Shocked community comes together to mourn 4 Iowa teens killed in car crash
The teenagers were from two families who were in a car that crashed into a utility pole on November 4 just after 11 pm in Marshalltown
MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA: A terrible vehicle disaster in Iowa over the weekend killed four youngsters, consisting of a pair of brothers and sisters each. Sisters Linette Lopez, 15, and Yanitza Lopez, 17, and brothers Adrian Lara, 13, and Isacc Lara, 16, were recognized as the victims from Marshalltown.
The adolescents who were from two families were in a car that crashed into a utility pole on November 4 just after 11 pm in Marshalltown, an area of roughly 27,000 people located about 50 miles northwest of Des Moines. The car was severely burned out and in flames when Marshalltown police officers arrived on the scene. The four people inside were all pronounced dead on the spot. “Our hearts go out to the Lara and Lopez families. This is a tragedy for our entire community. We know the community will stand strong in support of everyone affected. That is the Marshalltown way,” Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said in a statement. According to authorities, they are still looking into what caused the collision.
Yanitza and Isaac were dating, according to the Lopez family as per WHO13. Yanitza had recently been named the Marshalltown High School homecoming queen and was a future nurse who worked at an assisted care facility. The family said that the two sisters participated in cheerleading as a team. The Lara brothers, who, according to a GoFundMe, "were becoming amazing young men and will be dearly missed." Their GoFundMe has raised over $26,000 from a goal of $30,000. On the other hand, the GoFundMe page for the Lopez sisters has crossed its $30,000 target, claiming “Linette and Yanitza were two wonderful loving daughters that all family and friends will greatly miss. It's times like this that, as a community, we must come together to help this family in these trying times.”
A school representative, Yessenia Alvarez Zamora, stated during a solemn school board meeting on Tuesday, November 8 that the high school made counselors accessible to help high school students deal with the unexpected loss. She said, “As you know, the loss of those four students did leave a significant gap in our community, but the students and staff have been doing a good job of providing excellent social emotional support and being there for one another,” reported Times Republican.