Garage sale benefits families of teens killed in I-20 crash - - Jackson, MS

Garage sale benefits families of teens killed in I-20 crash

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A special fundraiser was held Sunday for the teenage victims of a deadly accident on I-20.

Thousands of dollars were raised for the families of 17-year-old Austin Thomas and 18-year-old Tanner Gardo, best friends who died together in that crash.

This is no ordinary weekend garage sale. The people searching through the clothing and wares spread on the lawn of Jackson First Church are supporting the families of fatal accident victims Austin Thomas and Tanner Gardo.

"Just wanted to do everything we could to help benefit these families. A lot of expenses after the loss of the two boys," said garage sale coordinator April Riley. "We all have a lot of stuff and we usually donate it to charity. So why not let's just put it all together and see what we can get for these families".

Riley put together this garage sale for the Central Hinds Academy students who investigators say died May 3rd while stopped behind an 18 wheeler in a construction zone on I-20.

Their truck was struck from the rear by another tractor trailer.

"Austin was my best friend's boyfriend. It was just heartbreaking to her," said 14-year-old Peri Durr.

The eighth grader attended Central Hinds Academy with Austin and Tanner. She said the school is close knit, and the news was devastating.

"And it was very tough on her. I had to tell her when it happened. I got a call and she didn't know. She had just heard that two boys were in the crash, and it was very tough on her," said Durr.

Hundreds of people stopped to shop. Most who didn't know the teenagers but wanted to do something.

"I just heard it on the radio and my girlfriend told me about it. Thought it was sad and also thought it was a good thing to help," said Chris Vernon of Jackson.

Sunday's garage sale raised at least $4,000 for the Thomas and Gardo Families.

A Go Fund Me page has also collected more than $14,000.

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