- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) - The community of Dell Rapids is coming together with a prayer vigil and fundraisers after three people including two children were killed in a car crash near Flandreau.

Joshua Krempges, 38, was driving a car that failed to yield at a rural intersection southeast of Flandreau on Monday morning and collided with a pickup truck, according to the Highway Patrol. Krempges and 11-year-old passenger Madyson Barbee died at the scene. Krempges’ 7-year-old daughter, Mariana Krempges, who was friends with Madyson, died at a Sioux Falls hospital on Tuesday.

Two of Joshua Krempges’ other daughters - 7-year-old Madelyn and 11-year-old Mallory - are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

A candlelight prayer vigil is scheduled in Dell Rapids on Monday night. Funds also have been established to help the Krempges and Barbee families. The funds already have raised about $27,000. Additional fundraisers are being planned.

“Our community is hurting, and we’ve got a couple of our own families in the community that are just going through incomprehensible pain,” said Tami Drew, who helped organize the prayer vigil. “They need to know that their community stands behind them and will be there for them every step of the way.”

About 3,700 people live in Dell Rapids.

Mariana’s funeral is Saturday and Madyson’s is Monday. Services were not immediately scheduled for Joshua Krempges, according to Minnehaha Funeral Home.

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