Vigil remembers three killed in Van Buren County crash

Posted at 10:54 PM, Oct 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-18 22:54:47-04

VICKSBURG, Mich. — Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night to remember the lives of three young people killed in a car crash last week. Family and friends lit candles as a memorial for the 21-year-old driver, Brandon Vanwallbeck, and his two passengers, Hunter Jewel Larose, 16, and Andrew Rambow, 15.  All three were from Vicksburg.

All three victims were from Vicksburg.

Police found their vehicle around 8:00 a.m. October 15 on 94th Avenue near M-40. The three were found in a car that had veered off the road before rolling into the woods.

Rambow's grandmother, Pam Rambow, said she knew something was wrong when he didn't come home that night. "Kids weren't home, so we started looking for them," said Rambow. "Hospitals didn't have them. Finally, one said, 'You might wanna call the Sheriff's Department.' His mom had to go identify him."

Investigators said the motor wasn't warm, which led them to believe the crash happened hours before they found the vehicle.

94th Avenue and M-40, near Marcellus - from Van Buren Co. Sheriff

The community gathered in the Vicksburg High School parking lot to grieve and collect donations to help the family. Lanterns and candles were lit celebrating their lives. Many said the Vicksburg community will never be the same.

Not every family was ready to talk, but those who did tell us they found comfort in the community coming together Thursday evening.

Larose's funeral service is set for Tuesday, Oct. 20 at noon at Langeland Family Funeral Homes. Vanwallbeck's funeral will also be held at Langeland Family Funeral Homes on Saturday, Oct. 24. Rambow's funeral service is pending through Life Story Funeral Homes.