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Remembering Savion and Keiron
KOUNTZE - by Lauren Huet
Classmates and much of the community in Kountze came together today for two funerals in the high school gym. Funeral services were held at the same time for 18-year-old Keiron Edwards and 16-year-old Savion Smith.
Edwards and Smith died Friday, January 3, in a traffic accident. The teens were passengers in a Kia that was struck by the driver of an SUV. Troopers say the SUV driver was passing another car on the shoulder of Highway 69 near Hooks Cemetery Road in Hardin County. Smith died at the scene. Edwards died at the hospital.
This morning, family and friends remembered the two students for their warm personalities and their desire to help others. The road leading to the Kountze High School gym isn't normally filled with cars on a Saturday. This Saturday it was, with people coming to remember Keiron Edwards and Savion Smith.
"I grew up with Savion," said a sophomore at Kountze High School, Vernon Thomas. "He stayed right around the corner from my house most of the time and we'd always just go outside and have fun."
"I knew Savion since I was little. I knew Keiron since I was little too," said another sophomore, Henry Barnes.
"And Keiron I've known him," said Thomas, "but since my first year in high school we've grown closer and closer."
Both Barnes and Thomas say their friends were one of a kind.
"Keiron was a funny guy," said Barnes. "Always kept me laughing, just fun to be around. Savion was one of the sweetest guys you ever knew."
"Every time you would see them in the hall, you would smile and laugh, because that's what type of people they were," said Thomas. "They weren't just somebody just standing there. If they saw you down, they would lift you up. They would make you laugh no matter how hard you tried not to."
Flowers mark the spot where an SUV collided with the car Edwards and Smith were riding in.
"When I found out what happened to them, it really hurt me," said Thomas. "It was like losing two brothers that I love dearly."
Barnes says Edwards and Smith will never truly be gone.
"I know that they're looking down on me right now," said Barnes. "When I'm going through bad things and good things, I know they're always going to be by my side, no matter what."
Their funerals took place together, and Keiron Edwards and Savion Smith were buried at the Trinity Valley Cemetery in Kountze.