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Mother of man killed in crash speaks out after driver is arrested

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The memorial created at the scene of the crash. (Natalie Davis/KCTV) The memorial created at the scene of the crash. (Natalie Davis/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

There's a growing memorial at N. 63rd and Rowland where a stolen truck crashed and killed four people.

Police are trying to piece together exactly what happened as four families mourn.

The flowers, candles, and messages are reminders that each of the crash victims was once someone’s child.

Tammy Thornburgh is still struggling with the loss of her 18-year-old son, C.J., who died at the hospital several days after the crash.

She told KCTV5 News how she feels. “Pain, that I'll never see my son again, and trying to hold onto my faith that I will see him again,” Thornburgh said.

“We have to give our hearts to Jesus if we have any hope of seeing our family and loved ones again,” she said.

She doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a bad person. She wants other people’s children to learn from what happened to him.

“It's just one bad decision that can change your whole life and it can change your parents' life and the ones who love you,” she said.

There were five people inside the stolen truck that crashed and the driver didn’t stick around.

Police say he quickly stole another truck from someone trying to help, leaving behind his four friends who all ultimately died.

Police found and arrested him on Saturday.

“He was 18 like my son,” Thornburgh said. “I want him to know that I'm not angry with him because I believe God's plan is perfect. And I just believe that he was a scared kid and I want him to know that I forgive him.”

Police have not filed charges yet against the man in custody.

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