- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The family of a missionary from northwest Georgia, who was killed when authorities said a semitrailer smashed into the family’s vehicle, has started a nonprofit foundation in her honor.

Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley has said the semi driver was outside the truck when it began to roll down a hill in Emerson, Georgia, on Aug. 13. Kyra Karr, 30, of Cartersville, Georgia, died at the scene of the crash. Other family members were hospitalized.

Now, “Breccia Ministries: The Kyra Karr Foundation Inc.,” has been incorporated as a nonprofit.

The foundation is named after the Karr family’s church in Rome, Italy, where the family had served as Southern Baptist missionaries to Italy for six years.

“Kyra was such an amazing mother to our three beautiful girls, as well an amazing wife,” her husband, Reid Karr, said in a statement announcing the creation of the foundation.

Her ministry included providing “hope and help to prostitutes and young girls ensnared in the sex trafficking trade,” Reid Karr said.

“One of the questions we are left asking ourselves is how we can carry on our ministry, as we attempt to move forward without Kyra, especially considering the tremendous void that she has left behind both in our family and our ministry. She carried a tremendous load,” Reid Karr added.

The foundation said its goal is to promote the growth of churches worldwide. Foundation officials say donations can be made at any Bank of America branch.

Kyra Karr was a graduate of the University of Georgia and grew up in Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, according to the International Mission Board. She and her family also were affiliated with Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the board said.

The semi driver, Ivan Delgado, was charged with vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and DUI, WSB-TV, and other local media, reported. Jail records do not list an attorney for him.


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