It was the national finals performance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday. The Castle High School marching band had made the cut of the best 12 bands in the country.
The Knights’ routine had 17-year-old Sophie Rinehart and her ethereal voice as the centerpiece.
It was her final performance.
Rinehart, 17, her father David Rinehart, 46, and his mother Ruth Ann Rinehart, 74, were killed in a car accident while driving back to Newburgh from Indianapolis early Sunday morning.
Two others were also injured in the crash.
David Rinehart was the worship and music pastor at Crossroads Christian Church. Ruth Ann Rinehart was a retired Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. music teacher.
The crash happened around 4 a.m. Sunday at the 103-mile marker on Interstate 69 in Greene County.
David Rinehart was southbound on the interstate in a 2015 Honda Civic when he reportedly struck a deer. He pulled onto the shoulder of the roadway, according to Indiana State Police.
Mason Hartke, 19, of Jasper, was also southbound on I-69 when his 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck left the road and went in the shoulder and struck the Honda.
The crash killed David Rinehart, Ruth Ann Rinehart and Sophie Rinehart. Josie Rinehart, Sophie’s 18-year-old sister, suffered cuts and abrasions and was taken to Indiana University Health hospital in Bloomington.
Hartke was also taken to IU Health for a fractured arm. Indiana State Police Bloomington post spokesman Sgt. Curt Durnil said the investigation is ongoing.
The deaths hit the Newburgh community hard.
SOURCE: Zach Evans
Evansville Courier & Press
Cross Roads Christian Church’s lead Pastor Patrick Garcia, said the church was devastated in an announcement on Facebook Sunday
“Early this morning a horrible tragedy occurred within the Crossroads family. While traveling back from Indianapolis, our Worship Arts Academy Director, David Rinehart, along with his daughter, Sophie, and his mother, Ruth Ann, lost their lives. David’s oldest daughter, Josie, is the only survivor and is making good progress,” Garcia said. “There are no words to describe the pain and shock we all feel. This is one of those moments in life that is extremely difficult to understand,” he said.
LISTEN TO SOPHIE SING AT HER CHURCH’S EASTER CELEBRATION BELOW
He told the church community, however, that despite the loss, as Christians, the departed family members are now in the presence of Jesus.
“Although we mourn over this loss, I Thessalonians 4:13 reminds us that we don’t grieve like ‘people who have no hope.’ We can take comfort knowing that David, Sophie, and Ruth Ann are currently experiencing the joy of Jesus’ presence for eternity. Please pray for Lucinda, Josie, Rylie, and Gary Rinehart during this time. We will communicate funeral arrangements once the plans have been made,” he added.
Pastor Rinehart’s ex-wife, Lucinda, is a second grade teacher at Vogel Elementary School in Evansville, Indiana. The school’s Principal, Travis Howard, urged prayers for the family and encouraged people to forgive “someone who has wronged you” in a Facebook post after the accident.
“As many of you already know, Lucinda Rinehart 2nd grade teacher, experienced a family tragedy last night. Lucinda’s middle daughter, Sophie, her ex-husband, David Rinehart, and his mother were killed in a car accident,” Howard began.
“During times like this, ‘people over production’ takes on a whole new meaning. Take some time to love on the people closest to you. Take some time to say hello to a staff member, student, friend, family member or neighbor you typically don’t talk to. Take some time to forgive someone who has wronged you. In a world that values production, let’s take some time over the next several days and weeks to pause and value ‘People and Relationships,'” he urged. “Please keep the Rinehart family in your prayers and thoughts.”
SOPHIE’S PERFORMANCE WITH CASTLE HIGH IN THE BAND COMPETITION BEGINS AT ABOUT THE 7:30 MARK IN VIDEO BELOW
SOURCE: Christian Post