Community comes together after teen dies in car crash

CAMDEN, Ark. - 2017 September 15

Bronson Kelley now wears three bracelets on his right arm.

They have three separate meanings, but one thing binds them together, they belonged to his 16-year-old son, Tyler.

"He always exceeded I and his mom's expectations," said Bronson.

Over the weekend, the boy with big dreams and a bright future lost his life in a fatal car crash.

Family and friends say he fell asleep behind the wheel.

"The day it happened, worldly side of us, we were distraught, we were gone," he said. "Me and my wife fell to our knees. We prayed.

Somewhere through the darkness, Kelley says he and his family have found comfort.

"I've had to step back and just thank God, 16 years, wonderful, glorious years."

Bronson says the community has been their backbone, from shared pictures of the football player to shared stories, they feel like Tyler is still around.

Some are even collecting money to help with family expenses, like his best friend who was more like a brother.

"It was a few months ago, it was the strangest thing, and we were just swimming, having fun, and he was just like if I were to ever leave this earth, can you take care of my mom and my parents? And that just gave me the motivation to do what was good to do at the bottom of my heart," said Tung Vu, best friend.

As for his dad, he says each day seems just a little easier as they put their trust in God, but he says Tyler will forever be in their hearts.

"Tyler, we love you more than you'll ever know, we're going to miss you, but we're not going to forget you, you'll always have a place in our hearts until the day God says it's our time."


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