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Community mourns loss of father, daughters in weekend crash

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A community is still reeling after the loss of a father and his two young daughters, who were killed in a head-on collision early Saturday morning. On Monday we learned that police believe that 27-year-old Ryan Turner, who crashed into Mathew-Michael Baroni's van was drunk.  Turner will be charged with three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter. 

In the meantime, Meghan Baroni, the wife and mother of the people killed, is left grieving the loss of her family.    

"She's gone right now, her heart is broken," says close friend and neighbor Gwen McCartney.  "I don't know if she'll ever be the same."

McCartney says she first met the family 10 years ago when she moved to the neighborhood.  It was before Meghan and Mathew, who went by Michael to his friends, even had children. She remembers when the girls were born and said they were always at her house.  "Ever since they were little they came and picked flowers." 

McCartney recalls Michael as a wonderful human being who was a wonderful father.  She says he and Meghan were very much in love.  "They were a beautiful family." 

"It's a bad loss."

Meghan is a school nurse for Spokane Public Schools.  She rotates between five schools, one of which is Spokane Montessori where her daughters were students.  The school district had grief counselors on hand to help students and staff deal with the loss. 

"It's one of the most tragic things that can happen to anyone is to lose your entire family," says Dr. Wendy Bleeker, Director of Student Services for SPS.  "We're hoping to provide some financial support for her to help them through as well as support with providing meals and some social, emotional support for her."

McCartney says she has all of her prayer groups praying for Meghan is this very dark time.

"I walked in there and Meghan just couldn't speak," says McCartney.  "They brought a lot of goodness here a lot was taken away when they were gone." 

McCartney says she believes he's with the Heavenly father and those girls are happy.

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