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They had little backpacks, big dreams and grand plans to spend the holidays with the people they loved the most.

But now, their families and friends are simply left with empty chairs, unfinished hopes and heartbreaking plans to spend the holidays planning their funerals.

And that’s just not fair.

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Yet, it’s the sad truth of the horrific bus crash that took the lives of a kindergartner, a first grader and three fourth graders from Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

And we are beginning to learn more about the little angels taken much too soon. Take for example 9-year-old Cordayja Jones, who died in the crash. “She was always smiling, very soft spoken,” said her cousin LaFrederick Thirkill in an interview with the Times Free Press. “My heart is truly broken for her and her mother.”

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Her fourth grade classmate Zoie Nash also died in the crash. “She was so lovable,” her uncle Antwon McClain also said to the newspaper. “She had a great spirit. She was a great athlete.”

In all, five children were killed and 12 children currently remain in the hospital.

Our prayers and our hearts remain centered on all who are hurting over this tragedy.

We are learning more about the little angels lost in the tragic Tennessee bus crash Twitter/@TimesFreePress
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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