It was a tough night but an important one for Dalton Strickell. He lost his brother and father in a car crash Saturday near Baldwin City.
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -
It was a tough night but an important one for Dalton Strickell.
He lost his brother and father in a car crash Saturday near Baldwin City.
They played on a men's recreational basketball team together and Monday night was the team's last game of the season in Lawrence.
So Dalton Strickell stepped up to make sure the team could finish out the season.
"It wasn't that hard until the end. Walking off the court is always the hardest part," he said.
He wore his brother's jersey, No. 11, and socks with his dad and brother's numbers on them.
Dalton Strickell's brother, 17-year-old Dylan Strickell was killed about 7 p.m. Saturday, with his dad, 53-year-old Rodney Strickell. They were heading to Rodney Strickell's house in Wellsville.
Pulling through the intersection at U.S. Highway 56 and Douglas County Road 1061, their car collided with an SUV.
Dylan Strickell and Rodney Strickell were killed instantly.
The family is still looking for answers on what happened, and whether Rodney Strickell may have missed a stop sign. But they're also trying to focus on good memories.
Dalton Strickell says he'll never pick up a basketball again without thinking of his brother and his father.
"I think it will help. I think I will be able to go play basketball later and be able to think of the memories I have had with both of them. I think that will help me through the next couple of years," he said.
And they didn't just share basketball. Dylan Strickell's family says he wanted to be an electrician, like his dad.
Dylan Strickell went to Eudora Schools from first grade through last year, though he was living in Lawrence most recently.
A memorial service will be open to everyone who knew them. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Eudora High School Performing Arts Center.
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