Fundraiser held to help family of young crash victims

A community continues to show support for a family who lost two young children in a crash.

A silent auction was held Sunday afternoon at Mt. Vernon Elementary, where seven-year-old Jada Hayes went to school. She and her five-year-old brother, Malachi Hayes, died after a crash in Rockcastle County last weekend.

"It's been really, really hard. It's hard to explain," said Dinah Moore, who's a relative of the young victims.

Moore says the extended family has been in a fog since both children died. She says the elementary school that Jada Hayes loved was the perfect place for the silent auction and music.

"The school has opened their hearts and opened doors to do whatever we can to respond to this tragic event," said principal Leon Davidson.

"My heart was broken, my heart is still broken," said teacher, Paula Cowan.

Cowan, who was Jada Hayes's second grade homeroom teacher, says she was pleased to see so many community members come out to help the Hayes family. She says Jada is irreplaceable.

"Jada was an excellent student. She was a top reader in everything. She was well behaved, sweet. Caring. They all loved her. She will be remembered and missed. We hope to do more things in honor of her," Cowan said.

All money raised from Sunday's fundraiser will go towards medical bills and funeral costs of the two children.


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