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Family holds together after highway tragedy

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DADE CITY (FOX 13) -

They've experienced a loss they never could have planned for.

"We just want to let them know we love them they're never forgotten and they'll always be in our hearts," prayed a family friend.

Family and friends pray near the spot where Justin, Sharonda and five year old Savion Sims died.

"We're just torn up. We're just still numb," said Kim Harris Williams.

Williams is Justin's cousin and remembers his family in one way.

"They were a very close family they loved their family," she said.

The Sims family was heading home from a day of shopping at the Orlando outlet mall Tuesday morning.

That's  when deputies say for unknown reasons, Justin ran a stop sign and collided with a semi at the intersection of Deen Still Road and County Road 33.

The family's 1998 Buick Century was hit by a northbound semi-truck, and dragged for about 500 feet underneath its trailer.

Half the Sims family was killed.

"They had a beautiful family beautiful family young family they stuck together," said Mary Isabelle Harris.

That family portrait is now shattered.

Now, Justin's aunt,  Mary Isabelle Harris and the Sims' extended family are taking responsibility for the surviving kids.

"Losing both a mom and dad is really  hard so we are all committed to coming together and be there," said Kim Harris Williams.

Priority one is bringing the kids home from the hospital.

"The two year old, Kitty will be out a few days after the 7 year old Aryal, but they are doing fine. we thank god for that," said Mary Isabelle Harris.

The family's youngest, 3-month old Arienne, wasn't seriously injured. Deputies say she was safely locked into a car seat.

Everyone else in the car was not wearing seat belts.

Kim clings to Justin's hat.

He was a rapper and he called himself Legacy.

"We want that to be portrayed in his daughters we want him and them to know that he did create a legacy," said Kim Harris WIlliams.

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