Family and friends mourn the loss of child killed by speeding driver

Family and friends mourn the loss of child killed by speeding driver
Video shows the two boys playing tag just moments before they were killed. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Video shows the two boys playing tag just moments before they were killed. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two 11-year-old Memphis boys died while walking down the side of the street when, according to police, Sparkel Hastings

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Hastings remains in jail while the families of the victims are left to bury their loved ones.

Joshua McDowell's funeral service at Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church was standing room only. When there was no place else to stand inside of the sanctuary, mourners stood outside.

In his 11 years, Joshua touched many people within his community.

"He was a good young man. We went camping together,"said Pastor Glenn Moore. "Took him and the boys, and had some good times together."

The printed program for Joshua's funeral described it as a celebration of life. Inside, the pages were filled with messages to Joshua from his mom, dad and his siblings.

Joshua's funeral was especially emotional for Baradis Merkson's family. His son, Darrell Howard, was also hit and killed that day.

"I mean it's just, it's unbearable. It's unbearable really just to suffer with that grief every day," Howard's father.

Merkson says video of both boys captured on camera just minutes before they were hit by the SUV caught them playing tag.

Family and friends are still trying to come to grips with Howard and McDowell's tragic death.

"You know, who are we to question God?" said Merkson. "So, you know, that's the only comfort I get."

Darrell Howard's father told me that his family plans to hold his son's funeral next weekend, and is asking for prayer for both families.

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