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Crash victims remembered for their love of Christ

DALLAS (BP)–One was a boy who loved to read books. Another was an accomplished musician who was full of joy. And one was known for her charitable acts of kindness. They were ordinary teenagers on their way to youth camp until their chartered bus crashed into an interstate support, ending their young lives.

Three of the five people who died in the crash were members of Metro Church of Garland — Michael Freeman, 12; Lindsay Kimmons, 16; and Amanda Maxwell, 13. They are remembered for their passionate love for Jesus Christ, according to Gina Camp, the wife of Metro’s senior pastor, Scott Camp.

Kimmons was an honors student at Naaman Forest High School where she played flute in the band and was a member of the marching band’s flag corps. A junior, Kimmons received top honors in a recent band competition and was selected to join the school’s honor band in the fall.

“She was a really great kid,” said her band director, Larry Schnitzer, in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “She was conscientious and a hard worker. Band and church were the two things she was really involved in,” Schnitzer said.

Scott Camp told the Dallas Morning News: “Lindsay had just come to know Christ a couple of weeks ago.” She had marked another passage, he said. She just received her driver’s license.

Freeman loved to read books and play sports — especially baseball, according to Gina Camp. The 12-year-old was preparing to enter junior high school in the fall.

“He didn’t wear his intelligence on his sleeve,” said his uncle Robert Mabry in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “But just by talking to him, you could tell the depth of his knowledge.”

Freeman had three sisters, ages 7, 2 and 7 months and according to family members, they all got along fairly well.

“I’ve known Michael since he was in second grade,” Camp told Baptist Press. “He was in our children’s choir. Michael was a fine young man. He loved Jesus.”

The week before camp, Freeman had worked with elementary school kids at the church’s Vacation Bible School.

Maxwell was an up-and-coming freshman at Canyon Creek Christian Academy. She was a cheerleader and enjoyed acting in the school’s drama program.

“Amanda was the most precious little girl,” Camp said. “Her mother loved her more than life itself.”

“Amanda watched my baby last week at Vacation Bible School while I was putting up decorations,” she recalled.

In addition to school and church, her family said the teenager loved Christian music and swimming.

“If there was anybody that was ready to go, it was Amanda,” said her grandmother, Earlene Henry in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “She had her spiritual life together. She was quite a gal. She had a lot of potential.”
(BP) photos posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: MICHAEL FREEMAN, LINDSAY KIMMONS and AMANDA MAXWELL.

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