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Community rallies behind family impacted by deadly car accident

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Funerals were held this afternoon for two sisters killed in a Linn County car accident.

16-year-old Selena and 13-year-old Bella died at the scene last Thursday.

The sisters were on their way home from school with their mother and two other sisters, one of whom is still in critical condition.

Scooter's Coffee locations in Cedar Rapids are donating 100% of the money made today to the family.

"We just couldn't even imagine putting our self in her shoes," says Melissa Sanks, Scooter's Store Manager.

The family's car was rear-ended at the intersection of County Home and North Troy Road.

Letters, flowers and crosses stand at the intersection now.

Their school community at Linn-Mar held a vigil on Friday.

Sanks says her daughter has classes with Bella.

"I know they brought in a therapy dog, I think for a lot of kids it's really hard for them to kind of grasps everything and to kind of realize that anything could happen at any time," Sanks told us.

She says all Cedar Rapids Scooter's managers agreed the money made today should go to the family.

"We just really wanted to do something to help them," Sanks says.

"I know it would mean a lot to their family and for their loss," Katie Slauson, a Scooter's Customer told us.

The Scooter's on Edgewood Road where Sanks manages raised $2,000 by 5 p.m. that is almost double the amount made on a normal Thursday.

Their hope, is that the family can feel the community support.

All three Cedar Rapids locations are participating today, they are open until 10 p.m.

Mother, Jenny Perez and daughter Mia have been released from the hospital according to a Go Fund Me page for the family.

Daughter Elysia remains in critical condition.

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