Funeral set for father, sons killed in accident

6:12 AM, Aug 9, 2010   |    comments
Friends and family gather to talk about Roy McConnell and his three sons, who were all killed in a weekend car crash in St. Petersburg.
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Oviedo, Florida -- The service at the University Carillon United Methodist church carried a somber note, as members carried the burden of dealing with what happened to the McConnell family.

It was one week ago Sunday Elroy McConnell and his three adult sons were killed in a crash in St. Petersburg.

Police said the 20-year-old driver ran a red light and had been drinking before the crash.

"The first thing we do is pray. We pray for the family. We pray for the young man over in St. Pete as well," said Chris Akers, Pastor of University Carillion.

Roy McConnell was a drummer in the church's praise team, but for this service, the drums were silent.

The church said the response from the local community has been strong as well as from outside Central Florida.

"This becoming kind of, almost a worldwide story and not only the means of the tragic accident, but the fact that these were really good guys. Those guys were the real deal," said Akers.

Members were reminded of the Monday's memorial to the McConnells, who were killed last weekend.

During the sermon, the pastor told the congregation what he thought the father, Roy McConnell would say about this tragic accident.

"If Roy were here, he would say none of us are given guarantees in life. None of us are. We believe in some way in some way God will be glorified," said Akers.

The funeral for the McConnells is set for Monday, at 2 p.m. at the University Carillion United Methodist Church in Oviedo.

Local 6, Orlando

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