Chances were, if you saw Kimberly McLaughlin or one of her family members, the rest weren't far off.
She and Terry Cramer Jr. doted on her four kids; and the kids thought their parents were just the greatest.
The family members loved one another.
Members of their church shared these sentiments a day after a one-vehicle car crash in Butler killed Ms. McLaughlin, 31, Mr. Cramer, 42, and their 3-year-old son, Terry Cramer III of Coraopolis.
The family was driving back from the Erie area Wednesday evening, where they had dropped off their 8-year-old daughter, Ashley, at church camp.
Ms. McLaughlin's two other daughters, ages 1 and 11, were injured in the crash.
The Rev. David McFarland led about 30 people in the singing of hymns and reading of scripture at the First Baptist Church of McKees Rocks on Thursday evening, where people were welcome to share stories about the young family.
"When you love deeply, you hurt deeply," Rev. McFarland said of his grieving congregation.
The couple, who faced their share of struggles in life, had been baptized at the church about three years ago, he said.
They volunteered with their children at the Inter-Church Food Bank there. The kids, always smiling, would help hand out food to the elderly, Tommy Connors said after the service.
Rev. McFarland said Terry had been so joyful and full of life. Others said his long locks made him look like a little rock star, with Mom calling him her "little man."
Mr. Connors asked for prayers for the surviving children.
"How do you cope with that, after you've lost your parents and sibling? You live with that forever," he said.
Ms. McLaughlin had been driving a minivan south on Route 173 in Brady near Slippery Rock around 6 p.m. Wednesday when it crossed into the northbound lane and traveled through a yard, striking a tree stump and then a tree, state police said.
Daughter Stephanie, 11, was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC with critical injuries.
Emily, 1, was also taken to Children's with critical injuries, though state police Lt. Eric Hermick said it was unclear if the toddler would live through Thursday night.
After the wreck, Stephanie told police and medics that her mom seemed to have fallen asleep right before the crash. Lt. Hermick said this was consistent with the crash scene, but that Ms. McLaughlin may also have suffered a medical emergency.
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