Entire Family Killed Sunday After Church

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The drive home from church ended tragically Sunday for one Texas family.

Geoff and Christy Hart, their 12-year-old daughter Rebekah, and two foster children they had cared for were all killed June 22 in a car crash.

Police say their minivan was hit by a car that ran a red light less than half a mile away from their church.

Devastated members at Custer Road United Methodist Church held a memorial service last night for the family. Their pastor said the family will be remembered for being a loving, "mission-minded" family.

"I don't know why it happened but I do know this, that this morning, this family lived and they died and ... they live now. They live with God," senior minister Ronald Henderson said.

Henderson said he had just spoken to Christy and two of the children before they left service that day.

"What happened was neither of God nor the devil," he said at the memorial service. "It is the result of evil in the world. It is the result of choices people make."

Officials say speed was a factor in the accident. The driver who hit the family was going well over the 40 mph speed limit, they said. The driver was the only survivor and is now in the hospital.

"In my many years of being a police officer... this is by far the most devastating crash I've seen," said Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith.

A Giving Family

Those who knew the Harts say they were a giving, caring family.

Geoff and Christy taught Sunday school classes at Custer Road and helped with missionary work in Mexico. Christy also worked in the church offices.

Family friend John Gajdica remembers them as "whole, humble servants."

"They were consistently, always where they needed to be," he said. "God was ready for them, I guess. He took them all at once."

Even at a young age, daughter Rebekah demonstrated a heart to give. For her last birthday party, friends said she asked people to make things for a local animal shelter instead of buying her presents.

The family got involved with foster care a few years ago, and had welcomed the two little girls into their home.

Police say charges will likely be filed in the case.

Sources: Dallas Morning News, Associated Press

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