Brothers killed in Marion crash remembered by friends, family

November 21, 2017 07:59 PM

A community is in mourning after two brothers were killed in a crash in Marion on Monday.

Taylor Christie and Evan Woodward were killed after their vehicle went off the road, deputies say. The sheriff says the boys' car lost control and hit a tree Monday evening in Marion. The boys died on Ridge Chapel Road less than a half a mile away.

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A roadside memorial grew over the day as people showed up to mourn the brothers. Hanna Rotach came to leave a tiny Christmas tree. She says she's known Evan for seven years.

We asked her why she came. Rotach told us, "For closure I guess. To show that he was loved and people cared about him."

The accident happened just after 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. Taylor was driving Evan home from practice. The Sheriff says the car went off the road and hit a tree. Tuesday, the sheriff came to the family house. I went there too. The boys' aunts spoke on behalf of their mother.

Michele Kuelling told me, "They both had laughs (that were) contagious."

"To watch them grow up and be best friends... they were wonderful boys with countless friends."

Gloria Lance-Taylor told me what was happening inside the family home. "A lot of pictures are being looked at," she said. "A lot of crying and every once in a while even moments of laughter."

Tuesday afternoon, Evan's girlfriend Taylor Malchoff came to the site wearing his soccer pullover: Evan Woodward, Number 6.

She says, "He was such kind boy. He was always there for me when I needed it. He always knew how to lift me up and every time he would just make me laugh. He would just tickle my feet to make me happy when I was upset. He just knew how to make me smile."

What makes this even worse is that Taylor Christie's father passed away five months ago from complications from blood clots. He was a father-figure to Evan too. So now in the past half year, Taylor's mother Stephanie has lost her husband and two boys.


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