Our hearts are heavy…

1fatal1108As we wish Mardee, Kaydee, Will, Maureen, and the rest of Jack and Vander’s family and friends the strength and comfort they need today and in the days to come.

These two men are my family, my cousins, and the accident that caused their death seems so tragic and sad to all of us adults. But sometimes, the young show the most wisdom in difficult situations. Vander’s younger sister, 8, told her grandma not to cry because

“God knew Vander wouldn’t survive treatment (for his recently operated on brain tumor) and didn’t want to send him to heaven alone.”

ZAP — A sense of mourning falls over Mercer County…and reaches beyond any border.

Jack Patrick Reich, 43, passed away in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Nov. 6, 2012. Jack was born to Delvin and Joyce (Boland) Reich, on Sept. 15, 1969, in Mandan.

ZAP — Vander Reich, 10, was killed in a tragic automobile accident on Nov. 6, 2012. The world is poorer for the loss. Everyone that met Vander came to realize that he was a special little guy. Vander was born to Jack and Mardee Reich on March 25, 2002, in Dickinson.

My sister also said it well, hold on to your loved ones TIGHT!

“God is present, and He’s crying with us and laughing with us and He’s mysteriously holding us together.” [source]

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