The grandfather of the three victims of October's Tippecanoe Valley school bus tragedy sent NewsCenter 16 this statement on behalf of their parents.
"We are honored for everyone all over the world who took the time to share their love, support and prayers. A parent never expects to bury their child. The heart ache consumes you and not just one child but three children at the same time. Our loss is more then what we can even express in words.
Alivia Faith Stahl was looking forward to turning 10 years old on December 22. Her first double digit birthday she was looking forward to eating tons of rainbow poop emoji cupcakes with family, friends and classmates. Our daughter was such a beautiful soul. So caring and compassionate. Her passion was to help and bring joy to others. She was such a "Mother Hen" especially to her adorable twin brothers Mason Thomas and Xzavier Patrick Ingle.
Mason was such a mommy's boy. His personality was so shy and caring and his hugs could melt anyone’s heart. Mason had a love for life and was an inquisitive child, wanting to learn everything about the world around him.
Xzavier was such a daddy's boy his personality was one of a kind. He brought so much laughter with his comical sense of humor. He was adventurous and loved the outdoors.
All three of their smiles were contagious to everyone around them. We always enjoyed our family time together at home or away from home. Our dining room table will forever hold memories that brought us together every night as a family. Every night we go to sleep without their hugs and kisses. And every morning we wake up to reality and wishing it was just a dream. We miss them so much. Our lives are forever changed.
Not only did our three children die that day but a big part of us died with them. Christmas and Alivia's birthday approaching our lives are filled with so much pain and emptiness.
Alivia Faith Stahl, Mason Thomas Ingle and Xzavier Patrick Ingle we will do everything in our power to keep your memories alive, they will never be forgotten. Thank you to everyone who has been respecting our privacy in this time of grief. God Bless each and every one of you.
In closing, Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families who have also recently lost children or had children injured in tragic accidents involving school buses. We know all too well the pain and suffering you are going through. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers always.
Brittany Stahl & Shane Ingle"