FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Local bands and loved ones gathered Saturday night to remember the 4 victims who were killed in a wrong-way crash on I-75 on February 13th.
At W.O. Wrights in Fairborn, it was a packed house of loved ones coming to celebrate the lives of Nicole Brown, Kyle Canter, Earl Miller and Devin Bachmann. All three men were part of the band Counterflux. We spoke with the only remaining member of the band Aleks Clayborn, who’s hoping the event offers some comfort to those during this time of grief.
“For everyone grieving, I hope that tonight is a night that they can stop with the sadness and just be happy and celebrate the lives that the guys lead because granted they were short but they lead such big impactful lives to everyone that were around them,” Clayborn said.
Clayborn, along with other close friends are still coming to grips with what happened. Friends say the turnout for tonight’s benefit concert clearly shows the love people had for 23-year-old Kyle Canter, 26-year-old Devin Bachmann, 27-year-old Earl Miller and 29-year-old Nicole Brown.
“It means a lot to see how much love they have,” close friend James Pitt said. “They were very extraordinary people. We’re still in a lot of shock still with everything. Just to see all the support for them is great.”
Loved ones say the group always had a strong compassion to help others.
“I hope that people remember the fact that they were always happy and rarely held grudges against anybody,” Clayborn said. “And they went out of their way to make other people smile. Whether you liked them or not, it hard not to smile and have a good time when you were with them.”
“They are incredible gifted individuals,” Pitt said. “They were very creative and they had pure souls.”
Clayborn, who’s been with the band for the last year, says he’ll always be grateful for short time he got to spend with them.
“They picked me up about a year ago to play bass,” Clayborn said. “I couldn’t have been happier to have been picked up by such a talent group of guys.”