A tragic auto crash in west Texas claims the lives of three members of one East Texas family from Pittsburg. It happened last Saturday near Midland. The crash between a vehicle and a tractor trailer killed four people, including Pittsburg native Cassandra Jackson-Gardner and her daughters Whitney and Daphne.
Family, hundreds of friends and classmates packed into the Pittsburg High School Auditorium to bid a tearful farewell to the mother and daughters. "Everyone just poured out their hearts for our whole family, friends, relatives, the whole thing," said Cassandra's cousin Marcus Curlin.
The 44-year-old Pittsburg native was remembered as a hard-working, kind and caring person. "She would always try to help whoever needed help and if you ever went to her and asked her for something if she had it you could get it," says Curlin.
"We grew up together and she's gonna be well missed in Pittsburg, Texas, a very quiet friendly person. You couldn't beat her. You wouldn't even know she was in class unless you said something to her," said childhood friend Carol Harris.
Cassandra's two daughters , 16-year-old Whitney, an honor student, and six-year-old Daphne, a described "bundle of energy", died in the crash as well.
Instead of mourning, they chose to celebrate the lives of those they lost. Cassandra and her daughters were all laid to rest today in Lafayette Cemetery in Pittsburg.