Prayers, Condolences, and Donations Come in as Florida Churches Prepare to Bury Pastor’s Three Daughters and Friend Killed in Crash On Their Way Home From Church Convention

Right to Left: India Welch, 24, L’Amour Welch, 29, and Tehira Welch, 18
Right to Left: India Welch, 24, L’Amour Welch, 29, and Tehira Welch, 18

As they prepare for heartbreaking funerals on Saturday and Sunday, thousands of dollars in donations and a flood of support have been pouring in for the families of a Florida pastor’s three daughters and their male friend who died in a horrific accident on their way home from a convention last Sunday.

The Rev. Ricardo Welch of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ in south St. Petersburg, Florida, was hit with the heartbreaking news Sunday that his three daughters: Tehira, 18, India, 24, and L’Amour Welch, 29, died in a crash along with their musician friend Antwayne Robinson, 25, of North Carolina on their way home from a convention.

Jennifer Zuniga, 30, of Venus, Florida, who reportedly caused the crash after she lost control of her pickup, hydroplaned, crossed the center line on State Road 70 and struck the vehicle carrying the pastor’s three daughters and their friend, also died. Only Zuniga’s 6-year-old son, Cort Thivierge, survived.

A gofundme campaign seeking to raise funds to help defray the cost of the funerals of the three sisters scheduled for Saturday has almost met its $30,000 goal, while another campaign seeking to raise $13,000 for Robinson’s burial scheduled for Sunday was at just over the $3,000 mark early Friday.

“Ken, I’m so deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. I lost my niece when she was 20, and it was devastating — I can only imagine your grief losing three precious angels. God bless you and the entire Welch family,” wrote supporter John Boscarino on the campaign for the three sisters.

Heather Arnold wrote: “I have no words. This loving family has been in my thoughts and prayers every minute of every day. L’Amour was a beautiful young lady, inside and out. I am so blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing her. We are all better people for knowing and loving these ladies.”

In remembering Robinson on his campaign page, Rachealle Paul called him “God’s musician.” “So sorry for your loss. He was a sweet young man. God’s Musician.”

On Robinson’s Facebook page, friends shared memories and expressed the hurt left behind by the loss.

The accident happened after a day of song and prayer, according to a Tampa Bay Times report, and their cousin, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, said the way in which they died was their story.

“The way their life ended is their story,” said Welch. “They were coming back from a convention that celebrated their faith. I know they’re in a good place now because they not only talked faith, they walked faith.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Leonardo Blair

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