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Harpool Coach Holds Vigil for Family Touched by Tragedy

Harpool Coach Holds Vigil for Family Touched by Tragedy

On October 30, 2015 the lives of a large Lantana family changed forever. Wendy Rollins and her sons Chaz and Tre were driving from Oklahoma when a car wreck took two of their lives.

Wendy, 43, mother of seven, and her eldest child Chaz, 25, were both killed in the one-vehicle wreck after the driver lost control of the car and it crashed into a culvert along I-35.

Back at home, the five remaining children and Tre, who survived the wreck uninjured, are going about life and dealing with the losses. Their father, Ron Rollins, is caring for them.

Coach Kenny Howell is the athletics coordinator at Harpool Middle School, where some of the Rollins children have attended.

“They’re just very, very kind, hard workers,” he said. “Very respectful, will do whatever you
ask of them.”

Howell has coached three of the 7 children, one of them while at McMath Middle School, and Jailin and Ashton at Harpool. Ashton was on his football team
this year.

“He’s an outstanding young man,” Howell said.

He didn’t know Wendy, but Howell said she was a very supportive mother.

Wendy-and-Chaz-Rollins-Go-Fund-Me“She was a lot like her boys, a very kind hearted lady. She was at all the games. Her kids loved her unconditionally, as she did them.”

Shortly after the accident, Howell held a prayer vigil at the athletic field in honor of Wendy and Chaz.

“I already had it in my mind that I wanted to do something to rally around and pull them together and do something for the family, he said adding that he sent out a text blast to parents about the event and about 200 people showed up for a time of silence and prayer.

“It was a pretty awesome thing to see happen. A lot of tears being shed but it was good healthy tears,” Howell said.

The Rollins boys that Howell sees seem to be doing well outwardly.

“Even just when they came back you can’t obviously tell the pain going on inside [but] they look like they’re doing amazing,” he said. “It’s awesome to see that they are doing so good. I think being around their classmates and staying active in sports has helped them out.

Both Jailin and Ashton wanted to play in their last football game in honor of their mother.

“They both had the best games of their lives,” Howell said. Jailin had 95 yards and two touchdowns. Ashton played a solid
defensive game.

“We just try to let them know … ‘I know there’s nothing I can say that will take away the pain but we want to help you … whatever you need, we want to be
there for you.’”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in remembrance of Wendy and Chaz Rollins. Find out more here: gofundme.com/9y7vmqcs.


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