Family comes together to remember mother and children killed in crash

It was a tragic accident, a mother and her four young children were killed one week ago.
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It was a tragic accident, a mother and her four young children were killed one week ago.
 
Their van careened off the side of an overpass near 79th Avenue and Interstate 10. The family was from Texas and had recently moved to the Phoenix area.
 
The surviving family members of the victims are in the valley, including the father of the children killed.
 
The family says although going to the scene of the accident is extremely difficult, it is the first step in their healing process. They say they realize how unsafe the area is, and they want to see changes, so something like this doesn't happen to anyone else.
 
"I'm tired, I'm tired of losing, I'm tired of taking a loss, I'm tired of pain, I'm tired of being strong, but I have to be," said Manuel Miller.
 
Manuel Miller is still unable to come to grips with what happened to his 39-year-old wife Darjuana Miller and four young boys ages 9, 6, 2 and 2 months.
 
"I still put their clothes out for school, I'm ready to take her to work, pick her up from work," he said.
 
The family died when their SUV drove off the HOV off-ramp at 79th Avenue and I-10. It then crashed through the concrete barrier and fell 50 feet to the median below.
 
Miller says his wife was on her way to a family members house to pick up a watch which was a gift for him.
 
"This is just not right, and this isn't how she deserved to go, this is not how my sons deserved to go," said Manuel.
 
Manuel and the other family members are praying, releasing balloons, and lighting candles at the location where his whole life was taken from him
 
"She was a great person, a great human being, not just a good mother, a good wife, a good sister, a great daughter, and a great friend... they loved all sports, football, basketball, they love soccer, they love hockey... my three year old, he'd be three February 5th, he'd make sure even if we're going to miss Mickey Mouse Club House we record it," said Manuel.
 
The family says although nothing can bring back their loved ones whether it is more lighting or more barriers something needs to be done to make the area safer.
 
"There's no lighting, and there're no signs on the freeway that say slow down, this is the end of the road, reduce your speed, you can only go right or left. As you're standing out here we realize just how dangerous it is just lighting the candles," said Reshonda Cuff.
 
The funeral will take place Saturday. It's a private service. 
 
Fundraiser in memory of Darjuana Miller and her 4 children:
 
 

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