• Vigil honors four killed in McClain County crash

    By: Nina Carter


    MCCLAIN COUNTY, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • A Jenks family is one of several victims involved in a deadly McClain County crash.
    • Officials say a woman and two children died and four other children injured Monday in a crash on I-35.
    • The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the driver of the SUV as Erin Van Horn
    • Two children were killed in the crash, four other children injured
    • The Tulsa Soccer Club identified the children killed as Beck Kitterman and Zach Van Horn.
    • The other children injured were identified as Izzy Kitterman, Lizzie Edwards and Lauren Van Horn.
    • Lizzie Edwards later died 
    • Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the VanHorns
    • An additional fund was created for the Kitterman and Edwards families HERE
    • Funeral services for Erin and Zach VanHorn happen at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Life Church in Edmond. 


    A vigil Wednesday honored four people killed in a McClain County crash.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Erin Van Horn died in a crash on I-35 near Purcell on Monday. Two children in the crash also died.  Four other children were injured. One has been released from the hospital.

    Troopers say the crash happened after a semi slowed down and almost came to a sudden stop and an SUV hit the back of it.

    The children killed were identified as Beck Kitterman and Zach Van Horn. The injured children were identified as Izzy Kitterman, Lizzie Edwards and Lauren Van Horn.

    Lizzie Edwards later died of her injuries.

    FOX23 got a picture of Edwards.

    Tulsa Soccer Club

    The Tulsa Soccer Club released a statement about the victims, many of whom played in the league:

    "As you may be aware our soccer families have just been struck with some terrible news regarding a vehicle that happened yesterday.

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you of three lives that have been lost including Beck Kitterman, Erin VanHorn and Zach VanHorn.

    Izzy Kitterman, Lizzie Edwards have gone through surgery and remain in critical condition. Lauren has received surgery for multiple fractures and is expected to recover.

    Please pass the word that we will use the fence along All-Star Field 7 as a Memorial for everyone to show their thoughts and prayers.

    We have also set up child grievance counselors for anyone that needs help processing this which should be done soon."

    Jenks Public Schools released a statement about the crash:

    "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Jenks’ parent Erin Van Horn and two Jenks Public Schools’ students. Our most heartfelt condolences are extended to all families affected by this tragic accident, and our thoughts are with those students who are recovering both mentally and physically from their injuries. We wish them all a quick and complete recovery, and we urge everyone to respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time. Because law enforcement officials have not released the names of the students, and out of respect to the families, Jenks Public Schools will not be referencing or discussing the names of those students involved." 

    The Jenks Athletics Facebook page posted a tribute to the family.

    The children in the crash played soccer and the TSC Hurricane is working with coaches and other players for counseling. 

    The Jenks School District is offering counseling for any students or family members dealing with the tragedy. Services can be found at Jenks Middle School from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

    A memorial to the victims is located on Field 7 at All-Star Sports Complex off 169 and 61st Street.

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