Parents of son who died in I-80 crash remember the three boys lost

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — After a tragic accident that killed three boys and sent two others to the hospital, the family is speaking out to thank the community for their support and tell their story.

Mother, Laura Brown of Braden Brown, who was killed in the crash and Mason Brown, who’s

Braden and Mason pictured with family.

recovering at the hospital said she doesn’t want these boys to be just a traffic death statistic.

Laura said her boys have been best friends with KaDaess Adams and Oneimus Quarterman for years, she said their relationship was more like brothers.

“I wish I could’ve held them in my arms one more time, all three of them I wish I could just hold them one more time and tell them how much I love them,” said Laura Brown.

The crash has left two families mourning the loss of three boys. The Brown parents, Steve and Laura said the boys all felt like one big family.

Mason, Oneimus, Older Adams-Quarterman brother, Braden, KaDaess

“All of the boys were great, the ones that weren’t mine, they were the best boys in the world. They were my kids best friends, they were wonderful and respectful,” said Laura Brown.

The family was headed back from a birthday party near Williamsburg. Laura and Steve took the girls in one car and Grandpa, Terry Edwards took the boys in another car.

Dad, Steve’s last words to his son, “He told them to put their seatbelts on,” said Laura. “I yelled it at them as they were leaving because I know them. Oneimus and KaDaess are always good about it but my two boys, not so much,” said Steve Brown.

Edwards thought they forgot something in Williamsburg and proceeded to turn around. However, when he realized someone else had grabbed the item, he attempted to turn back toward Cedar Rapids. That’s when tragedy struck. Laura and Steve Brown arrived at the scene to find their nightmare had been realized.

“He was getting loaded into the aircraft, the other one was getting ready to be loaded into the ambulance. I ran down to my son Braden and I grabbed his ankle and I grabbed his arm and I told him to stay with me,” said Laura Brown.

The only survivors of the crash 11-year-old Mason and his Grandfather Terry Edwards, better known as Papa. Both of them with much emotional healing to do.

“Mentally my dad is shut down and walking in a daze,” said Laura, continuing about her son’s condition “I don’t think he’s going to be the same for a long time. He lost his brother and two best friends. so that’s a lot to lose in one day.”

While the family mourns and heals, they said one thing has brought them comfort. The outpouring of support from their community. Fellow classmates from the College Community School District have been sending in dozens and dozens of letters of support and well wishes.

“I loved all of them, I wish I could’ve told them how much I loved them. You can’t take anything back but you never think something like this is going to happen,” said Laura Brown.

Mason is recovering from injuries, including a broken jaw at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. He is recovering well and the family hopes to be able to bring him home tonight or tomorrow.

Fundraisers have been started for the two families, one who lost two boys KaDess and Oneimus and the other who lost one boy, Braden and another, Mason in the hospital.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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