Georgia trooper goes above and beyond for children whose parents were killed

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Don and Crystal Howard were killed in an accident while picking up items for Hallween. (KTRK)

A Georgia state trooper went above and beyond when he came across four children whose parents had just been killed in a car accident, reports WSB-TV.

It happened on Halloween night. Donald and Crystal Howard went out to get more face paint for their children. While they were out, they lost control of their vehicle on wet roads and crashed into a ditch. They were both killed.

George State Patrol Trooper Nathan Bradley went to the family's home, where he found the children waiting for their mother and father.

"They were in their full costumes," said Bradley. "I remember the 8-year-old. He was an angry wizard so his face was partially red."

The closest relative to the children was 8 hours away. Trooper Bradley stayed with the children until that relative could arrive.

Trooper Bradley and others in the community kept the deaths of the children's parents from them, so the children could enjoy Halloween.

"Our purpose was to preserve future holidays as far as Halloween goes," said Bradley. "We didn't want them to relate this tragedy to Halloween. We wanted to relate it to November first."

Bradley also started a Go Fund Me page to cover the costs of the funeral and to transport their bodies to Florida, where they'll be buried. They needed $7,000. By Wednesday afternoon, it had pulled in more than $85,000.
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