Vigil honors man and babies killed in Burke Co. crash, funeral arrangements set

Vigil honors man and babies killed in Burke Co. crash

BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Funeral arrangements have been set for the two babies, and one father killed in a tragic Burke County crash.

The services will take place Monday at the Heritage Funeral Home in Valdese.

Receiving for family and friends will be from 2-3 p.m and the funeral will start at 3 p.m.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

In a small church tucked away in Burke County, a tight-knit community remembers a young man and his two babies killed in a car crash on Henry River Road this week.

"We've had a lot of tragedy the last year in this community," Pastor Tim Steelwell of Full Gospel Sunrise Church said Friday. "And this one is just really deep down into my heart."

Steelwell says the community's lost seven young people in the last year, including 21-year-old Cody Myers, his 4-month-old Piper, and 17-month-old Adaline.

"As a pastor you try to search for words that aren't there," he said. "But God has the words and He has the peace that passes all understanding."

And, more words from those who knew Cody and his children. One after the other rose to speak, including a woman named Julia who emotionally introduced herself as the mother of another of Cody's children.

"I wanted to come and make sure everybody knew how good of a person Cody was," she said.

The group lit candles, prayed, and shared memories.

"Everything with [Cody], connected to him, is every bit of my life," one speaker said. "He was my best friend."

And there was even some laughter, with countless stories of the jokester they remember.

"I look across my yard and here comes my 10-year-old nephew in a coconut bra and a hula skirt," an aunt said laughing.

"I remember the guy who covered his face in whipped cream, jumping out the bushes at people," a high school friend said.

As the group is left with questions about the crash that killed these loved members of their community, a common message echoed through the night Friday.

"At the end of day the only thing that matters is one incredible human being is gone, and two precious little girls are gone," Cody's aunt said.

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