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Family of young mother and 3 kids killed in I-435 wreck make funeral plans

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The family of a young mother and her three children who were all killed, along with a teenager, in a horrific crash on Interstate 435 over the weekend are making plans to lay the victims to rest.

Shante Hopkins, 24, was driving the car that her three children - 2-year-old Ja Riah, 1-year-old Ja Nijah and 7-month-old Tay Shawn - were in. A family friend, 17-year-old Dominique Johnson, was also killed in the crash when a semi hit the back of their car that was stopped on I-435 near Eastwood Trafficway Saturday night.

Hopkins' family gathered on Tuesday at a funeral home to make arrangements. The director said the one thing they may not have to worry about is money.

Duane Harvey said the Kansas City community is pulling together for Hopkins and her three young children as well as Johnson. He said people watching the news coverage of the tragic crash are coming forward, even people who have never met the victims.

All of them are wanting to help in any way they can.

Harvey said his phone hasn't stopped ringing from people who want to help pay for the funeral costs that can easily run into $10,000 or more.

“We've had a tremendous outpouring of persons calling, texting, asking what they can do to help the families. We're so grateful. It's been overwhelming. I'm never surprised about Kansas City,” he said.

At last check, the gofundme site for Hopkins and her children reached over $7,800 and over $1,100 for Johnson.

The funeral for Hopkins and her children will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, 11424 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134.

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