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A 5-year-old named Noah Mason has been discharged from the hospital after a horrific accident that claimed the lives of his parents and siblings in Georgia. The crash happened as the family was leaving a church event. He was traveling with his parents, 43-year-old Dakarai Mason and 35-year-old Erin Mason, along with his brothers, Brandon and Titus, as reported by Fox5 Atlanta. Erin was the assistant to the police chief at the Holly Springs Police Department.

The family, from New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia, was in a Kia van driven by Dakarai when it veered off its northbound course, crossing into the southbound lanes and colliding with a Chevy Tahoe and a Toyota 4Runner. The sequence of collisions on Interstate 75 near Red Top Mountain Road didn’t end there; a commercial vehicle subsequently struck the Kia and Toyota, and a Hyundai SUV impacted the rear of the Chevy. Tragically, Dakarai, Erin and Brandon were pronounced dead at the scene. Titus succumbed to his injuries and was taken off life support, dying four days later.

In the midst of this overwhelming grief, the Mason family’s youngest member, Noah, survived and was recently released from the hospital. A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover Noah’s medical and future expenses. According to updates on the GoFundMe page, the young boy is now residing with family members who are committed to providing a loving environment despite the immense loss. Noah’s grandmother wrote on the fundraising site, “He still has a ways to go. But the outlook is great. We shall never completely heal from the loss of his family and ours. But God blessed us with a 5-year-old that will never allow us to slow down or wallow in our sadness.”

The community has rallied around the Mason family, extending their support through messages, prayers and contributions to the GoFundMe page. The page has raised over $75,000. The impact of the tragedy has also been felt by the family and friends of Aimee Odom, a 21-year-old from Cartersville, who was fatally injured while driving the Toyota 4Runner. Odom was en route to a graduation party when the accident occurred. Her life was celebrated in a service held last Friday, where attendees were asked to wear pink in her honor.

The crash also resulted in hospitalizations for the driver of the Chevy Tahoe and two occupants of the Hyundai, though their names and current medical statuses have not been disclosed. Reflecting on the community’s response, the Mason family and their extended network have expressed deep gratitude toward healthcare professionals and all who provided support during this harrowing time. “We couldn’t have gotten through this without all of you. We all came to love each and every one. We will forever be grateful. God Bless you all,” stated Noah’s grandmother.

Brandon’s funeral service was conducted at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, with his interment following in Cassville Cemetery. Dakarai, Erin and Titus’s funeral service was held at the end of May.

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