Church that lost members in July bus crash sells bracelets to get new bus
Last Updated: 106 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The results of the investigation into a deadly July church bus crash by IMPD are supposed to be released sometime this week. That investigation is not stopping efforts of some of the youngest members of the church.
July 27, a bus carrying Colonial Hills Baptist Church youth crashed into a concrete median on Keystone Avenue. Stephen Davenport and Kylee Leffew were on the bus.
“The only way that I could ever get through this is with Jesus Christ, and he’s kind of led me all the way through this ever since 4:30 7/27/13,” said Davenport.
The teens' youth pastor Chad Phelps and his wife, Courtney, died in the crash. Courtney was pregnant with the couple's second child. Their 2-year-old, Chase, was one of the 19 out of 37 passengers who went to the hospital that day.
Tonya Weindorf, a wife and mother of five, also died. Church members say she came along so that her son with special needs could go to camp with the rest of the kids. Stephen, Kylee and other members of Youth E.D.G.E. Indy have some up with wristbands as a way to show their faith and honor Weindorf and the Phelpses.
“We wanted everyone to know that even though they’re in heaven right now ,Chad, Courtney and the baby and Mrs. Weindorf, they are not gone from us. They are still with us in the spirit and some day when we get to heaven we’ll get to see them again,” said Leffew.
The wristbands have the date of the crash and the words “E.D.G.E. strong” to represent Youth E.D.G.E. Indy. The inside of the bracelets have the names of the people they say they’ll see again in heaven.
The money raised from the bands will go toward buying a new church bus to replace the bus that toppled over on Keystone Ave.
The investigation into that crash is still ongoing.
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