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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family members began identifying Tuesday the children who died in a tragic Chattanooga school bus crash on Monday.
The bus was carrying 37 kids from Woodmore Elementary School between kindergarten and fifth grade at the time of the accident. Five died the day of the crash, while a sixth died two days alter.
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Keyonte Wilson, 8
Keyonte Wilson, 8, is the sixth victim of the crash, according to WTVC.
Zyanna Harris, 10
Tuesday night, family members told News 2 their great-niece, 10-year-old Zyanna Harris, was one of the victims.
“She was a sweet, outgoing, cheerful young lady and loves to dance,” family member Tanasha Foster told News 2. “Just trying to hold up and keep it together.”
Cor’Dayja Jones, 9
Earlier in the day, family of Cor’Dayja Jones, 9, confirmed she was one of those victims. She was a fourth grader and would have turned 10 in three weeks.
“I thought it was a nightmare, you know. Wake me up. Then to get there and sit that long of time and they don’t tell you anything I mean, it was wild. It was unreal,” her aunt, Tonya Ballard, told News 2.
“…You had a brother and a sister, two kids that died in the crash, too. You can just imagine how horrible that is for their mother to have two kids to go through with this tragic thing,” said cousin Monica Mastin.
“She loved God and she knew God, so we know he has another angel,” Mastin added.
The family also says she had a smile that could light up a room.
“That smile. She’s always smiling, always smiling, always smiling. I know she’s in heaven right now smiling, so we’re good. It’s going to be alright,” said another cousin, Edward Stoutemire.
D’Myunn Brown, 6
Another victim identified by his family is 6-year-old D’Myunn Brown, a first grade student. His great-grandparents, Robert and Wilfred Bray, told News 2 he was a shy boy who opened up once he got to know people.
Robert could hardly speak. Just thinking about the first grader’s short life was too much. He said it’s hard for him sleep because every time he closes his eyes, images of D’Myunn appear.
“I just see him, you know, take a look at the time I spent with him… how playful and how happy he was,” Robert told News 2.
“He was a sweet baby, precious little kid,” Wildfred said, later adding, “They had the whole world head of them. We don’t know what they could’ve been. They never had a chance.”
The family says they feel for all the other families who lost children and even those who were injured.
As emotional and horrible a tragedy this is, one thing is for certain, the Chattanooga community is as strong as ever.
“It’s very emotional for me. So it’s going to be rough,” Robert added.
Zyaira Mateen, 6
Zyaira Mateen, 6, was among the youngest Woodmore Elementary School students killed. Her two sisters were also on the school bus but survived.
Zyaira’s mother Jasmine Mateen told WSB-TV she is heartbroken, but trying to stay strong.
“She was always, always doing something silly to make you laugh, make you feel loved,” Mateen said of Zyaira.
Zoie Nash, 9
Zoie Nash, 9, was in fourth grade at Woodmore Elementary School.
Her uncle, Antwon McClain, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press she loved playing softball and was also on a dance team.
She was the only girl in a family of brothers. One brother was injured in the crash but survived.
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