MASON CITY, Iowa- The one-year anniversary of a crash that killed five was a day that was hard for many to move on from.
Alex Wiebke, Roderick Lewis, Zachary Hartley, Donte Foster and Sydney Alcorn were all in the car the night their vehicle crashed on Highway 122 hitting a power pole and a tree.
As a way to honor their memory, hundreds of family members and friends held a vigil at the North Iowa Youth for Christ. That is where the victims spent a lot of their time making friends, memories and left a lasting impact.
“They were my best friends, I really wish they were here today,” said Trayvontae Lewis.
At the vigil, they played games that the five loved, they remembered dreams and aspirations and were there to comfort each other during a difficult time.
“There has been a lot of missed opportunities throughout the last year. A lot of things that have happened that I wish I could tell him,” said Spencer Wiebke, the cousin of Alex Wiebke.
Spencer’s life changed forever that day his cousin died.
“He meant everything to me,” he said.
Now he wants to continue to follow in his footsteps.
“He knew so many people when we all came together, but if you ever saw him, he only hung out with a small group,” she said. “But he touched so many lives. I just want to follow in his steps and reach as many people as I can.”
Now friends and family are working to move forward while remembering the ones they love.
“Honor and love life as long as you can because you never know when it is going to come to an end,” said Lewis.
“You just can’t take those moments together for granted,” said Wiebke. “If someone is asking for help or they seem like they need it, reach a hand out and help.”
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