It was a moving scene in Oriole Park in northwest Chicago on Monday night as children and adults came together for a tearful tribute to a family devastated by a fatal McHenry crash over the weekend. end.
The Dobosz family were riding in a pickup truck on Interstate 90 en route to a family trip to Minnesota around 2:11 a.m. Sunday when a contraflow driver rammed their vehicle, police say.
Lauren Dobosz and her four children – Emma, 13, Lucas, 7, Nicholas, 6, and Ella, 5, all died in the crash, along with two other victims, police said. Thomas Dobosz, Lauren’s husband, was driving the van and was seriously injured in the crash.
Lauren was a cheer coach with the Oriole Park Falcons and the whole family was active in the organization.
“They were amazing,” Falcons cheering manager Ryan Love said. “And they themselves were incredible love. They were such an inspiring couple.
Emma’s friend, Neylisa Zenino, was also present at the vigil.
“Emma was the best person you could ask for,” she said.
Lucas played for the Falcons, touching the lives of friends and coaches.
“I coached Lucas last year and one season had a huge impact on my life,” coach Luis Hernandez said. “(Recently) he said ‘coach, I can’t wait to get back from Minnesota, I can’t wait to practice.'”
Ryan Love says the whole organization is praying for Thomas’s recovery.
“I know we’re all praying for Coach Tom, but he might need a little more than that,” he said.
Donations are being accepted through the Rolling Meadows Hope Fund, as well as a GoFundMe for the family.
Meanwhile, a community must mourn the gaping loss the tragedy has left in its wake.