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Community members support crash victims

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It was an emotional, but exciting night for a group of eastern Iowans trying to raise money for four families affected by a terrible crash.

The crash happened two weeks ago in Cedar Falls when three young people were killed.

The benefit was held tonight at New Adventures in Waterloo. The main goal of this event was to help the victim's families heal.

"It's great that we are all coming together and supporting one another," said Bobbie Jo Spray, Waterloo. "Each of the families are here and it's great that we can just support each other."

Organizers wanted to host the benefit to show all four families that the Cedar Valley is behind them. 

"It's amazing to see the impact that their children had on the community and all of the people that they've met and just the fact that our community itself has pulled together to support everything in this aspect and they are so blessed and humbled we are doing this for them," said Kendal Crawford, event DJ.

The crash is something hundreds of people in eastern Iowa have seen and something they can't erase from their minds.

"I can't even put into words to begin with to express how I felt other than I couldn't believe it," said Crawford. "I knew one of the kids and that just puts a more personal touch on my side and so it's humbling to know we are all together to help out."

The money raised will be divided up for each family. At this point organizers are still working to see how much money was raised.

"They are very appreciative of it, it's kind of flooring them that they have so much support and how many of us coming together as a community, it's just great," said Spray. "It's a step closer to closure."

One of the items at the silent auction was a teddy bear that had one of the victim's dog tags around it's neck. That is just one of the thing that touched the victim's families tonight.

Money was raised through a DJ battle and a silent auction. Customers also had the option to round up their tab at the end of the night or donate their change from cash transactions at the bar and grill to support the families.

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