It’s more tragedy than anyone should have to bear, but one family is taking comfort in knowing that their parents left this earth just the way they would have wanted – together.
It was just a few weeks ago that Dennis and Lorraine Carver were in Las Vegas together enjoying the Route 91 country music festival.
As the California couple took in the final evening’s events, a shooter opened fire on the crowd. In the chaos, Dennis threw his body over his wife’s, shielding her from the flying bullets.
Miraculously, the couple was able to make it out alive and back home to their daughters, Brooke, 20, and Madison, 16.
The girls said the tragic shooting brought their parents even closer together than they were before.
“After the shooting, they heard from all of the people they cared about most. They were so happy,” Brooke said, adding that the shooting had reminded them to live in the moment and enjoy every second of the life they had together.
Tragically, just two weeks later, Madison was home when she heard a loud crash and looked outside to see their family car up in flames.
A statement from the Riverdale County Fire Department said the vehicle had crashed into a metal gate outside their community. It took firefighters almost an hour to put out the flames. Sadly, it was too late for the couple inside.
Their daughters are devastated by Dennis and Lorraine’s passing, but said they are finding comfort in knowing their parent’s love was strong and their final weeks together were some of the best they had ever had.
“The last two weeks of their lives were really just spent living in the moment,” Brooke said. “We were so relieved when they got out of the shooting alive. But I also think we’ve been given little pieces of them that we would’ve never gotten if the shooting hadn’t happened right before they died.
“I swear they were more in love those two weeks than the last 20 years. It’s almost as if they’re frozen in time.”
She said they would have wanted it to be this way – neither one of them would have wanted to live without the other.
“That’s just the kind of love they had for each other,” Brooke said. “Their love was selfless.”
“We’ve found some peace in knowing that our parents just loved each other so much that they had to go at the same time,” Madison agreed. “They couldn’t live without each other.”
Brooke and Madison said they plan to honor their parents’ memory by living by their family’s motto:
“We do as we do and we be happy.”
Our hearts break for this family in the wake of this terrible tragedy, but we are glad they can find comfort in the love their parents shared. Their story is an encouragement to all of us to live in the moment and appreciate the ones we love while we still can.
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