DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A vigil was held to remember the lives of two, young siblings who died when their car collided with a semi-trailer Monday night in Darke County.
Hudson and Katlynn Nestor were both students at Franklin Monroe schools.
Tuesday night, the community gathered in the school’s parking lot to celebrate their lives.
Family and friends tell 2 NEWS both were extremely active in school and well-liked.
The small community came together to remember 17 year old Hudson Nestor, and his 13 year old sister Katlynn.
“They were the best kids I ever knew and they loved to go skiing together, pick on each other and they were just great. I’ll miss them a lot,” said their father Scott Nestor.
Hundreds of people came to show their respect and reflect on the loss.
“I didn’t expect a turnout like this, no. It’s just amazing,” Nestor said.
“You should never have to bury your grandkids. But you do the best you can cause you deal with the cards you’re dealt,” said Dan Rinehart, Hudson’s grandfather.
Family members said Hudson loved Christmas, and with his favorite holiday just days away they will still celebrate.
“It’s something we’ll never get back. You’ll never get over it. You learn to live with it. That’s what we’ll do. We’ll hold all the rest of our grandkids tight. Enjoy them,” said Rinehart.
Hudson played baseball and soccer and loved working with his hands.
“So for Christmas, we bought him an erector-set. The adult style and it came in the mail today,” said Connie Rinehart.
Katlynn was a cheerleader and loved animals. Relatives said the two were extremely close and had a trait in common.
“That boy had a smile. It was just a billion dollar smile and Katy did, too,” said Rinehart.
On Tuesday, the family learned that Hudson signed up to be an organ donor when he got his drivers license and that his eyes will be donated locally.
Family ask donations be made in honor of Hudson to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since he was diabetic and donations in honor of Katlynn be made to Elephant Wildlife organizations.