Family mourning as they plan funerals for 5 drowning victims
A west Kentucky family paid the ultimate price over the weekend when their SUV got carried away by a swollen creek, drowning all five people inside: two adults and three children, ages 10 to 14.
The brother of one of the victims says the family was traveling from their home in Elkton, Kentucky, heading to Minnesota to visit family when the water came out of nowhere.
It was suppose to be a time of celebration, but instead of planning for the New Year, the family is now planning funerals.
"Memories and things that we cherish now that we take for granted sometimes," said Derric Schutt.
Memories, that’s all Derric Schutt has left as he flips through photos of his little brother, Adam.
"The last words I said was, ‘love you, bro,’" Schutt said.
That was on Thanksgiving. Now, Derric is getting ready to bury his brother; his brother’s wife, Erin; his two nephews, 10-year-old Chad and 13-year-old Logan and his 14-year-old niece, Robbyn. The family of five died when their car was pulled into a creek in southern Illinois.
"I can’t go back and change it, and I wish I could," Derric said.
Derric said it’s been hard to sleep at night because he has so many unanswered questions.
"Just wondering why and a bunch of what ifs," Derric said. "Questions that I can’t answer and nobody can answer but the Lord, and he’s taken him to a better place."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. CLICK HERE, if you’d like to pitch in.