Three Children Killed When Car Crashes Into Creek

Three East Texas children are killed when the car their mother is driving slid off a wet road, into a creek.

The kids are from Van, they were in Central Texas visiting family. The crash happened Saturday morning in western Bell County southwest of Killeen.

Alicia, Alexia, and Kyle Rodgers, aged 10, four, and one, were killed

Mark Christie is the minister at the Van Church of Christ.

"We might not always know and understand, but we have to keep our faith in God and just run the race," he says.

It is so hard to understand, especially for those who loved them most.

Grandmother Mary Rodgers: "Nobody loved me like she did. We were pals."

Alicia was the oldest and closest to Mary.

"She was a 'grandma's girl.' She told me every day she was a 'grandma's girl.'" We had been together a lot. I took care of her. I took her to dance, and we just had a close relationship."

Alexia was the little girl with the precious smile.

"She was a 'papa's girl.'" Grandmother says Alexa was autistic and needed extra attention, but loved to climb, and was the "tomboy" of the group.

Kyle was sixteen months old. His grandfather says he was a little cowboy and loved to play.

Today, there are memories and many pictures, but not much else to hold on to, except the love of the entire community. It overflows.

Monty Rodgers is the kids' grandfather.

"They have covered us up in hugs and love and kisses," he said

Counselors have been meeting at school with those who knew the Rodgers children.

A fund has also been set up to help the Rodgers family with medical and funeral expenses. You can give by contacting the First State Bank of Van, and earmarking your donation "Rodgers Family Fund."

The bank's address is P.O. Box 637, Van, TX 75790.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.