SFA alum helping care for children who lost parents in wreck - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

SFA alum helping care for children who lost parents in wreck

The Barry Family. Photo Source: ABCNews.com The Barry Family. Photo Source: ABCNews.com
Tessa Gerall photo source: MySpace Tessa Gerall photo source: MySpace

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An SFA alumna is helping take care of three children who have caught national attention after they were seriously injured in a two-car collision which killed both of their parents.

Tessa Gerall, 23, of Houston, graduated in 2010. She was involved in the school's Driving Jacks program and was homecoming queen in the fall of 2010.

Gerall was a close friend Robin Berry, who died in the wreck. Berry family relatives have asked her to assist the children as they recuperate in a Chicago hospital and make the transition to living with new guardians, according to Samantha Emmerson, a friend of Gerall's.

The Berry family was driving back to Texas on July 2, after vacationing in Colorado Springs, Colo., when they were met head-on by another vehicle, according to ABCNews.com.

Joshua and Robin Berry died at the scene, and two of the children, Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8, are being treated for multiple spinal injuries at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago. They will remain hospitalized until mid-September, according to ABC. Willa Berry, 6, broke her arm, ankle, knee and wrist in the crash.

Several celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Sean Combs have called for support for the children as they face sky-high medical bills.

Copyright 2011 KTRE. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly