Buruk Mehari : “Eighth Grader and Mother Among Four Killed in Cedar Rapids Crash”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Cedar Rapids, Iowa (KCRG) – Tragedy struck the community of Cedar Rapids on Friday night as a devastating crash claimed the lives of four individuals, two of whom have been identified as Buruk Mehari, an eighth grader at Prairie Point Middle School, and his mother. The heartbreaking news was shared in a letter from the school’s principal, Ian Dye, addressed to Prairie Point families.

The victims of the crash were involved in a two-vehicle collision that occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on C Street Southwest near Edison Road. First responders rushed to the scene after receiving reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames, with occupants trapped inside. Despite their best efforts, the lives of all four individuals were tragically lost.

Amidst this devastating incident, the community has come together to offer support and assistance. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help cover the funeral expenses of Ruth Zewde Tekeste, Buruk’s mother. The campaign sheds light on their journey, revealing that they immigrated to Cedar Rapids from Cairo, Egypt, in 2014. This heartfelt initiative exemplifies the solidarity and compassion of the community during these trying times.

Recognizing the profound impact of this tragedy on students and staff, Prairie Point Middle School has arranged for additional counselors to be available for anyone in need of support. This compassionate response aims to provide solace and guidance to those affected by the loss of Buruk Mehari and his mother.

As the Cedar Rapids police continue their investigation into the crash, the names of the other victims have not yet been confirmed. However, it has been confirmed that all four individuals tragically lost their lives at the scene of the accident. The authorities are diligently working to gather evidence and determine the circumstances surrounding this devastating incident.

The entire community of Cedar Rapids mourns the loss of Buruk Mehari, his mother, and the other victims of this unimaginable tragedy. As the investigation unfolds, the community stands united, offering support, love, and strength to the grieving families and friends affected by this heartbreaking event.

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