A decade apart, brothers killed at same intersection

May 17, 2017 11:33 PM

Friends and family of the two people killed in a rollover crash in Penfield on Tuesday are remembering their loved ones.

Deputies say 24-year-old Pavel "Paul" Laune and 28-year-old Melody Stacklyn died in the wreck.

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Investigators say the car lost control at the intersection of Harris Road and Atlantic Avenue, swerved off the road and hit several trees. They believe speed was a factor.

Making the loss even more tragic, Laune's brother also died in a car accident -- at that very same intersection.

A memorial for both Paul and Melody is growing as people are leaving behind messages and pictures at the intersection.

"I lost not only one, but at the same place, at the same place, eleven years ago my oldest son died in an accident in the same place," says Nina Laune, mother, "And yesterday, my youngest son died."

Laune's parents are left trying to make sense of what happened. They have lost two of their sons in car crashes at the exact same intersection eleven years apart.

"He was special," says Nina. "What happened, I don't know. And why, I don't know. I have no answer."

At the memorial near the crash site, friends of both Paul and Melody have been stopping by all day. Melody's friend, Gina, came to see for herself. "It was shocking. We heard about the accident on the news but you never really think it could be someone you know."

Gina says Melody had a contagious spirit and that the flowers and dream catchers at the memorial capture the woman she was.

"She just had this amazing soul," says Knapp. "She had a freeness about her. She loved nature and she loved her friends."

Friends and family are trying to focus on the lives Paul and Melody had. It is hard for them not to focus on the fact they were taken too soon.

"It was just a shock, unreal and really just a nightmare at this point," says Knapp.


Amanda Ciavarri

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