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Argyle car crash kills 2 moms, 2 children

Ashli Morgan, left, and Lorelei Cotter
Ashli Morgan, left, and Lorelei Cotter

The four victims of a fatal crash on U.S. 377 Saturday night were two mothers and two daughters, various sources reported.

Officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office had not released the victims’ names, but the Dallas County medical examiner’s office identified one of the victims as Lorelei Cotter, 4, of Roanoke.

Her mother, Ashli Morgan, also died in the crash, The Dallas Morning News reported. Morgan worked at First American title company’s Westlake office. Condolences and tributes poured onto Morgan’s Facebook page Sunday.

“Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express the amount of grief, pain, and sorrow I feel over the loss of my beautiful niece and great-niece,” a relative wrote.

The other two victims were identified by media partner WFAA as Emma Azuela de Shaffer and her daughter Emma “Tita” Shaffer, who was a sixth-grade student at Liberty Christian School in Argyle.

The Shaffers were involved in Champion Cheer, a cheerleading organization. Jennifer Graham, head of the organization, confirmed on Facebook that the two died in an accident on U.S. 377 and wrote, “Tita and Emma were both such bright lights in our Champion Family for the last five years. They spread smiles and laughter to everyone that they knew.”

Denton police said the crash was reported at 8:17 p.m.

A Nissan Rogue was traveling southbound near the 8000 block of U.S. 377, crossed into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a Volvo XC60, the police news release said.

A female driver and young passenger in one vehicle died at the scene, police said, while the other driver and another child passenger died later.

The child passenger in the Nissan died at Denton Regional Medical Center. The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

The female driver of the Volvo was flown to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and died later. The other child passenger died at the scene.

Staff writers Judy Wiley and Azia Branson contributed to this report.

Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220

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