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Family members, friends talk of 4 killed in 2 separate crashes Labor Day weekend

More than 100 people gathered Monday night at Iroquois Park to remember Kapple's life. (Source: WAVE 3 News) More than 100 people gathered Monday night at Iroquois Park to remember Kapple's life. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Katie Kapple Katie Kapple
Shelley Lanham Shelley Lanham
Charles Lanham Charles Lanham
Cameron Blaney Cameron Blaney

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It was a tragic Labor Day weekend on the roads. Four people were killed in two crashes, leaving behind loved ones who now must try to go on without them.

The first crash happened after midnight Sunday on Taylor Boulevard. The second happened just hours later on Shelbyville Road in Middletown.

Along Taylor Boulevard, a colorful bouquet sits to remember three lives lost.

[PREVIOUS STORY: 3 dead, 2 injured in wreck on Taylor Blvd and Oakwood Ave]

Behind the wheel was Shelley Lanham, 20, a wife and mother of two. Her brother, Charles Lanham, 19, a husband and new father, was also in the car. As well as his brother-in-law, Cameron Blaney, 17, a student at Iroquois High School.

“It's just hard,” said Katelin Lanham, wife to Charles Lanham and sister to Cameron Blaney. “I just wish they would come back.”

Minutes before the crash Katelin Lanham got a text that they were almost home.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Woman dies after crashing into utility pole]

“At 1 a.m., I never seen them, so I called and I called and I called and then at three in the morning, I came outside to call and I'd seen a tow truck go down my street with Shelley's car and I knew it was hers,” said Katelin Lanham.

Police believe Shelley Lanham lost control and crossed the center line slamming into another car. All three family members were killed. Two men in the other car were injured.

That same rainy night just a few hours later on Shelbyville Road in Middletown, police say Katie Kapple, 21, lost control of her SUV and hit a utility pole. She died at the scene.

“It doesn't feel real to us, none of us can imagine our family without Katie,” said Kapple's aunt, Donna Wilson DeGraff.

More than 100 people gathered Monday night at Iroquois Park to remember the Presentation Academy graduate's life.

“Katie was an outstanding person,” said Alicia Nylund, a friend of Kapple. “She was very fun to be around, a bundle of joy, and she had a big heart.”

“We are going to miss you very much, but we know that you are watching over us and know that you have always made an impression on all of our hearts forever,” said DeGraff.

Police believe speeding to be a factor in both crashes.

An account has been set up to help with Cameron Blaney's funeral costs. If you would like to donate, click here.

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