KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A community prayer service was held for the family of two children killed in an Indiana crash last week.
The service began at 6:30 pm and was open to the public. It was held at Ascension Catholic Church on Woodman Drive in Kettering.
Church officials tell 2 NEWS extended family are members of the church and three of the Bereda children were baptized there. The church also streamed the prayer service live on their website so those who couldn’t attend, including those of the congregation at the family’s current church, St. Clare of Assisi in O’Fallon, IL could participate.
“Prayer service is an ecumenical prayer service open to the community and lead by our staff. It’s 6:30 pm here at Ascension we’ll probably be here about an hour. There will be an opportunity to write a card for support and to just be here as a community to support those who need us,” says Father Ed Pratt, Ascension Parish.
The Indiana State Police said on July 18 one-year-old Finley Bereda and five-year-old Brennen Bereda were killed when the van they and their family were traveling in was struck from behind by a semi-truck. ISP said the truck failed to slow when it entered a construction zone on I-70 west of Indianapolis.
The mother, Christina Bereda, 33, was in the hospital for several days after the crash. She has been released but a three-year-old boy, Jorden Bereda, is still recovering.
Hospital representatives tell 2 NEWS Jorden is now listed in good condition and has been moved out of the ICU.
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