Candlelight vigil held for Emporia car crash victims, fundraisers open now

Published: May. 11, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 10:48 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Three teens who lost their lives in a car crash on Road J and 147 in Emporia were remembered Tuesday night by classmates, friends and loved ones.

Friends and family joined together at the site where it happened for a candlelight vigil.

“Just don’t take life for granted y’all. Live every day to the fullest and live every day like it’s your last but more importantly, live for each other and love for each other,” said one person who came up to the microphone to speak. He said he did not know who the teens were personally but that he had a similar instance in his life that made him want to come out and speak.

Friends spoke to the group of their memories with 17-year-old Chase Luby and 13-year-old Paxton Luby.

“She will forever be my best friend. Even though I wasn’t there every single day. I miss her,” said one teenager who is not from Emporia, but knew of Chase from Burlington. She said she was a great friend to her and sends her condolences to the families affected.

“She was a wonderful, free spirit. She was always all smiles whenever she came back and came over to hang out and everyone else around her smiled,” said one parent of a friend of Pheonix’s. He said she would also come over and she will be missed. He also said they had a facebook live performance before the events happened to also show their respects.

They mourned their loss but celebrated the lives they lived as they ended the speeches with the Lord’s Prayer.

Another vigil is planned for Friday at Jones Park at 8 p.m.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union is accepting donations for a fund in honor of the two siblings. The memorial fund for Chase Luby, who was 17, and Paxton Luby, who was 13, is available for drop-off or mail-in donations. You can do so at their branch on 310 West 12th or at 2332 Industrial Road.

A GoFundMe donations page for the funeral expenses has been started for the other teen who died in the car crash, Shelby Pheonix, 17. The link to it can be found here.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union has set up a memorial fund for Chase Luby, who was 17, and Paxton Luby, who was 13. The Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of road 147. They said a person reported an injured woman walking down the road.

We spoke with the survivor, 15-year-old Ashley Edwards, on Sunday. Her story is available here.

Heather Luby-Fowler, who is the mother of both Chase and Paxton Luby, told 13 NEWS she learned of the crash from Chase’s friend while she was at work. Her story is available here.

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