Twenty-three-year-old Ethan Owen was at work when he got a call from his grandmother. She told him that his parents and six siblings were involved in a car crash on their way home from a camping trip.
Neither parent survived and his siblings were in critical condition, according to THV11. Ethan said:
“It was like someone tearing out my heart. It hurt a lot."
Jennifer and Scott Owen put their all into raising their seven children. They not only served their children but served others as well. According to the family's GoFundMe page:
They served others even while they themselves were in need.
Now Ethan has been forced to step up. In the wake of his parents' death, Ethan was named legal guardians of his siblings. So, in addition to picking up extra shifts at his job at Outback Steakhouse, the young adult was also forced to make life-altering decisions about the siblings who are still struggling in the hospital.
According to an update on the family's GoFundMe page, his brother Dalton and sister Michaela are slowly recovering.
The family's pastor Craig Curry said:
“He was showing a lot of strength through all that. I don’t know how he was still upright."
The children's grandparents are taking in the children once Ethan relinquishes legal guardianship. In the meantime, Ethan is right by their side in the hospital. The 23-year-old is grateful to all those who have continued to help him and his six siblings.
A friend of the family set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a longterm trust for the Owen children. In addition, Ethan's coworkers donated 100 percent of their tips to the fund on Tuesday, May 15.