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After tragic wreck, school and community rally around devastated family

Ten-year-old William Edward Gibbs and his 13-year-old brother O'Brien died in the wreck Tuesday on Mills Gap Road. The boys' mother, Jo, remained hospitalized for a spleen injury. (Photo credit: Gibbs family)

Two children killed in a car crash on Mills Gap Road are being remembered by their school and their community.

William Edward Gibbs and O'Brien Gibbs, aged 10 and 13 years, died after the car they were riding in veered off Mills Gap Road in Asheville, and hit a tree.

Students at Asheville Catholic School are coping with the deaths of William Gibbs and his brother O'Brien by making drawings, notes and other expressions of love and remembrance.

The school's principal said he's in frequent contact with the boys' mother, Jo Gibbs Landreth. She and her 15-year-old son, who was driving with a driver's permit at the time of the wreck, were hospitalized after the crash.

"Our biggest focus after this tragedy is on our students and William Edwards' family." said Mike Miller. "Part of that focus is allowing our students to grieve in a way that's suitable for them."

Asheville Catholic held a mass Friday morning in honor of the boys.

There will be a vigil at Asheville Middle School Friday night at 7:30.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. At last check it had raised more than $113,000 of its $150,000 goal.

The fund's organizer says the money will be given to Jo Gibbs for funeral expenses, medical bills and a new car.


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