Munster service honors lives of seven crash victims

2013-08-22T18:30:00Z 2013-08-23T10:50:16Z Munster service honors lives of seven crash victimsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | The lives of the seven family members killed in an Interstate 65 crash were celebrated Thursday with music and video clips.

The two-hour memorial service, at the Family Christian Center in Munster, was attended by some 800 family members and friends, church spokeswoman Pam Ross said.

"We did one service and celebrated all their lives," Ross said.

Family members provided favorite music selections and photos of their seven loved ones. The selections were used to make two videos. 

All seven obituaries were read during the service, one of the longest and most attended Ross said she can recall.

The memorial service, held right after a private breakfast attended by immediate family members, was performed by Pastor Steve Munsey.

"He flew in to perform the service," Ross said.

Following the service, family representative Gerald Williams read the following statement:

"Today we celebrated the lives of Amado C. Mangual, Jr., Yvette Nicole Williams, Lindsey Inez Williams, Jamin Osborne, Jasmin Osborne, Yazmin Goodman and Arielle Goldman.

"Our families wish to thank everyone for the many well wishes and prayers we have received. It has really meant so much to us.

"We are a very close family and our faith in Jesus Christ will see us through this. Again we thank you for prayers."

Killed in the crash were Lindsey Williams, 27, of Merrillville; her two daughters, Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3; Williams' uncle, Amado Mangual, 49, of Merrillville; her sister, Yvette Williams, 35, and Yvette Williams' two children, Jamin Osborne, 5, and Jasmin Osborne, 7, all of Atlanta.

In the initial accident report, Indiana State Police said a 2005 Jeep Cherokee driven by Yvette Williams was crushed between two semitrucks.

Officers responded to the crash at 9:52 p.m. Aug. 15 on northbound Interstate 65 just south of Ind. 2 in Jasper County.

The accident remains under investigation, state police said.

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