Candlelight vigil held for North Dakota family killed in car wreck

Published: Nov. 29, 2018 at 1:18 AM CST
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The snow and ice didn’t stop people from attending a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to remember a North Dakota family killed in a car crash.

Dozens of people packed the pews of the St. Timothy’s Church in Manvel at around 7:30 p.m. to honor the Dean family.

The event was held as a way to preserve the family’s memory, despite them having lived in Manvel for about six months, according to organizers.

“When you reflect back, and see their faces and stuff, you start to realize how familiar their faces were," Briana Bohm, one of the organizers, said.

Bohm and Katie Osowski decided on Sunday to organize the candlelight vigil for the Dean family.

Anthony and Chelsi Dean, both 25, were found dead by Montana Highway Patrol during the Thanksgiving holiday after their vehicle crashed into a ditch six miles outside of Billings.

The couple’s two young daughters – 5-year-old Katylin and 1-year-old Avri -- were also inside that vehicle and died.

“Our school has been very good to all of our children,” Osowski said. “They have a lot of support staff coming in and counselors.”

Katylin Dean was enrolled in kindergarten at Manvel public school and she was on the hockey team.

The kids at the elementary school honored their late classmate.

“They put a collage together of Katylin throughout the kindergarten years so far, and some children {wrote] letters,” Oswoski said.

The family had bought a farm house in Manvel after Anthony Dean was transferred to the Grand Forks Air Force Base from California.

On Wednesday night, many people in attendance wept as they lit candles to remember a family gone too soon.

“Whether we all grieve independently or individually of each other, we are all in this together,” Bohm said.

A funeral will be held for the Dean family at their hometown of Caldwell, Idaho on December 8.

We reached out to Montana Highway Patrol for an update on what caused the deadly wreck, but we didn't get a response.

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