LANCASTER – Dozens of family members and friends came together Sunday evening to mourn the loss of three people killed in a horrific traffic crash this past Friday.
Tearful mourners lit candles, shared stories and sent prayers for 20-year-old Jocelyn “Jossy” Montes, 12-year-old Everardo Lalo Simental Jr. and 19-year-old Christopher McGlory.
Jossy was a loving mother to a 1-year-old girl and a 2-month-old boy; Junior was a happy, outgoing 12-year-old; and Christopher was a sweet, genuine guy who overcame childhood adversity to obtain his high school diploma.
“Me and you worked hard for you to graduate high school, and I’m glad that was your last accomplishment because you were pushing for it. I’m so happy that you made it,” said Christopher’s girlfriend, Kahlia White.
“I’m going to miss you, mama… Don’t worry about your kids, we’re going to take care of them,” said Jossy’s brother, Sergio Montes. “Junior was just a little kid… All of you are in heaven though, that’s what makes me feel better,” Sergio Montes added.
Jossy, Junior and Christopher were three of five people riding in a Jeep Cherokee that collided with a Dodge Ram truck Friday in the intersection of Avenue K and 25th Street West in Lancaster. The force of the crash sent the Jeep spinning out of control, and all three were ejected from the vehicle, traffic detectives said. Christopher and Junior died at the scene, and Jossy died shortly afterward at the hospital. (Read more on the triple fatal crash here).
Fundraisers set for crash victims
Family members have established an online memorial fundraiser to help with funeral expenses for Christopher McGlory. To donate to this effort, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ho9g3w.
There will be a Zumba-thon fundraiser this Wednesday, Nov. 26 to help cover funeral expenses for Jossy Montes. The Zumba event, featuring instructor Chris Aguirre, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sport Club AV, located at 1020 Commerce Center Drive in Lancaster. This event is open to the public, and a $20 donation is required to participate. There also will be a donation station in the gym’s lobby for diapers and other infant necessities for Jossy’s two young children. For more information on this fundraiser, call 661-942-9422. View a flyer for the Zumba-thon fundraiser for Jossy Montes here.
Family members have also created an online fundraising account to accept monetary donations for funeral expenses for Jocelyn Montes. To donate to this effort, visit http://www.gofundme.com/hniyj4.
There will be a fundraising car wash starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Nov 29, in the parking lot of Sport Club AV, located at 1020 Commerce Center Drive. Memorial t-shirts will also be on sale that day. All proceeds will go toward the funeral expenses for Jossy Montes and to support her two young children.
Editor’s note: Story revised to correct the ages of Jossy’s children. Jocelyn used both “Jossy” and “Josie” as nicknames.
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