BLACKFORD COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - RaeLynn and Justus Cook are now memories for their grandmother.
Penny Sexton, their maternal grandmother, says she couldn't believe when she heard the news of their passing last Friday.
“We didn’t know anything else other than they had passed away and that their father had survived￼,” said Sexton.
The 5 and 6-year old siblings were killed in a collision on East State Road 18 when a semi-truck collided with their father's car.
Sexton says after meeting with her daughter Michelle Cook, the siblings mother, following the accident, she "just knew that we had to figure out the next steps.”￼'
Motorcyclists in Blackford County helped with those next steps and joined for a 'Fly High Angels' benefit ride Sunday afternoon to support the funeral costs for the siblings.
Organizer Stephani Phillips says gathering community members wasn't a problem even on such short notice.
“You would think that it would be hard to find people to come out to support," said Phillips. "But when it comes to Blackford County, everybody’s willing to step up and support each other.”￼￼￼￼
The siblings maternal grandfather, Earl Lindsey, says even though he's grateful for the support, he still misses RaeLynn and Justus.
“To bury our grandkids, this is a tragic time that we weren’t expecting…but it happens," said Lindsey.
But supporters say theyr'e here to help the family through the tragedy.
"Everybody’s almost like family when it comes to small communities like this," said Stephani Phillips. "We all know each other. We all see when somebody is hurting or their kid needs help or they need help and we just try to step in.”￼
Organizers will host another benefit ride in Muncie next week.
We'll provide more information soon.
If you'd like to donate to the family's GoFundMe, click here.