Clever, Mo. community shows support for family that lost 3 children in crash

Published: Jul. 21, 2019 at 10:20 PM CDT
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Clever residents rallied behind the family who lost three children to a fatal crash on I-44. Members of the community had a candlelight vigil Sunday night.

Tabitha Casteel helped organize the vigil.

"The community has really been affected by this and we just wanted to show our support for the family," Casteel said.

She said Clever is a tight-knit community that is hurting from the loss of three of its young members.

"Everybody's mourning in their own way, somewhere else. I feel like if if we can get everybody together and not only mourn, but I'm there for you and you're there for me and lean on each other," Casteel said.

The eight Dobos children, along with their mother, were in a van on I-44 Thursday when they swerved to miss a semi truck. The van lost control and 8-year-old Olivia, 7-year-old Angelina and 6-year-old Julia were killed.

Casteel wonders, "Why would something like this happen, why those three girls right there?"

There are few words to describe the shock and ache of something like this. Angelina's friend, seven-year-old Bekah Nall, summed it up best.

"It made me really sad, so I wanted to donate to them to make me feel happy," she said.

Bekah and her sisters started a lemonade stand to raise money for the Dobos family. Bekah and Angelina went to Clever Elementary together, and Bekah said Angelina was her best friend.

"If I was lonely, she would come play with me," she said.

When you can't fix heartache, you lend a hand. Laura Nall, 13, said she can understand what the Dobos family is going through.

"I wanted to help because it felt right and because I know what it's like to lose family members, and it doesn't feel good," Laura said.

A small town shaken, but standing together, with a lesson for all.

"Help everybody around you that needs help and enjoy the loved ones you have, enjoy them while you can," Laura said.

The Nall sisters plan to give the donations to the Dobos family at the hospital Monday.

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