Thousands show support for family that lost sisters and unborn child

Friends of the Sterling family Sunday held a benefit to raise money. 

15-year-old Courtney Sterling, her sister 20-year-old Connely Burns and her unborn son are the victims of a fatal Feb. 3 collision on US Highway 96. 

Organizers were expecting around 3,500 people but attendance surpassed that. 

The benefit included  live music, a chili cook off, a car show, and an auction held inside the Lumberton High School.

Courtney Sterling was on a part of the high school's color guard. Her squad sold hot dogs and accepting donations.

Crystal Boyett is charged with three counts of manslaughter.  Police say her Camaro reached speeds upwards of 150 miles per hour before colliding with the car Sterling and Burns were riding in.  

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins told 12News that Boyett remains in the Hardin County Jail on bonds totaling $1.5 million.
      
The mother of Courtney and Connely, Dawn Sterling, is still recovering from the accident.

Chief Sullins said Boyett remains uncooperative.  As of Friday, she had still not retained an attorney. 

 


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