An Ohio photographer is thinking about one of her most recent shoots after the family she shot died in a car accident less than 12 hours after their first shoot.
“I didn’t know them well, but this news breaks my heart. I can’t even think how their family and friends must be feeling.”
Rhae Harris, the 45-year-old owner of Rhae Rose Photography in Delta, Ohio, wrote on her Facebook page that she and Muriel Michael, who is 28, had been talking for a while about taking shots of the family of five. They finally got together on Saturday, March 26.
“The kids were so well-behaved and cute, and Riggs, who was one, was the best baby I’ve ever had! He was so happy that he smiled when he should have and even said “CHEESE!” a few times.
Muriel and her boyfriend, Xavier Brown, 25, took Easter pictures with their one-year-old son Riggs Brown and Muriel’s children, Aurora Michael, 7, and Deklin Jankowski, 9.
Rhea said that looking at family pictures would show how much they loved each other.
Muriel wanted Rhae to take her engagement and wedding pictures, so she was happy to work with her in the future.
Rhae never got to work with the family again because they were all killed in a car accident soon after the shoot.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Zane Hull failed to yield as he went east on County Road H and hit Muriel’s car, which was going south on County Road 14 in Clinton Township.
Both Xavier and Deklin died at the scene. Aurora and Riggs were taken by air to the Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Centre but did not survive. Muriel was also taken by air to the hospital. She died Monday night.
The other car’s owner got hurt, but not too badly.
There is a GoFundMe page to help pay for the funerals of the five family members. In just one day, more than $40,000 has been raised.
This proves how useful and important life is. Never take anything for granted.
Please tell people about this and pray for this family.