A small town in Iowa is mourning the unthinkable. The loss of 4 teenagers in one accident this past weekend.

The town of Marshalltown, Iowa is searching for answers after a fiery crash left four teenagers dead late Friday night. WQAD reports that at around 11:15 p.m. on Friday, police responded to a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of South 6th Street and Edgeland Drive, close to Legion Memorial Park. When crews arrived, they discovered the vehicle on fire. WQAD reports that once the fire was put out, first responders discovered that there were four people inside the vehicle that were deceased. Marshalltown police have identified the victims as,

  • 13-year-old Adrian Lara
  • 16-year-old Issac Lara
  • 15-year-old Linette Lopez
  • 17-year-old Yanitza Lopez

All four victims were from Marshalltown. Police tell WQAD that autopsies are still pending and that the victim's identities have not been confirmed 'scientifically.' The Marshalltown Community School District said that all four victims attended school in the district. Three were in high school and one was still in junior high. WQAD reports that Adrian and Issac were siblings as were Linette and Yanitza. The investigation into what led to the crash continues. The Iowa State Patrol is assisting Marshalltown Police in that investigation.

As the investigation continues, so does the mourning of an entire community. WQAD reports that the school district is offering mental health services at both the high school and middle school. Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725.

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