Drag car crash victim laid to rest

Brook Pope meant so much to so many in the Selmer community and Tuesday they said goodbye.

One by one they came inside the church to pay respects to a young life taken suddenly last Saturday in Selmer.

Brook Pope is the first of six victims laid to rest.

"I don't think we'll ever get over it" said Betty Howell.

Howell is a lifelong Selmer resident and a witness to Saturday's tragic crash. Her flag has been lowered to half staff outside her home as her community mourns.

"We have to learn to live with and have to move on but it's something that will leave a scar on all of us," added Howell.

When tragedy strikes in a town like Selmer everyone is affected through family or friends connected to the victims.

Many of the town's family were inside Lakeview Baptist Church attending Brook Pope's funeral.

"We all band together when something happens, everybody tries to help everybody," said Howell.

As part of that help, counselors and ministers are on hand.

Blake Carroll, a chaplin with the McNary County Sheriff's Office, is working with the state network helping first responders deal with what they witnessed.

"Many of the gentlemen said they've never experienced any kind of thing of this magnitude in Selmer," said Carroll.

Carroll is helping a small close knit community struggles to move forward.


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