The Parker County teenagers killed and injured in a wreck early Thursday will be remembered at a candlelight memorial service Sunday in Weatherford.
The service will be at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of South Main Church of Christ, 201 S. Main St., about a block from the courthouse, a church official said.
Joshua James Brown, 18, of Weatherford, one of the teens killed, was a member of the church. The church will supply about 300 candles, but people who attend are encouraged to bring their own.
"We're going to come together to celebrate the lives of these kids and remember the ones who were hurt," said Cody Chumbley, the church's student minister. "It was a terrible accident, and right now, these families just need us to love them."
Brown and Alex Christian, 14, of Aledo were killed when the Dodge pickup they were in veered off a road, smashed into a house and burst into flames. Authorities said they believe that Brown was driving.
Halston "Hoss" McCue, 15, and Madelyne Mitchell, 13, both of Weatherford, were burned in the wreck and were hospitalized. No information on their conditions was available Friday.
The pickup and the house were destroyed by the fire. Three people inside the house escaped injury, authorities said.
The wreck occurred about 12:05 a.m. Thursday when the driver of the pickup, which was eastbound on Midway Road, lost control and veered off the road, hitting several concrete posts and community mailboxes before hitting the house in the 100 block of Hyde Away Lane, said trooper Lonny Haschel of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Speed was possibly a factor, he said.
Chumbley said his understanding was that Brown didn't know the girls in the truck but was giving them a ride as a favor to a friend. Brown's father died in May of injuries from an ATV accident, Chumbley said. Brown graduated from high school this year and recently moved into a place of his own.
Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.
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