"There's nothing I'll miss more than walking into their home & just feeling the love radiate all around me," the woman's sister wrote.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on December 30, 2022. It has since been updated.
Muriel Michael, 28 was driving in Fulton County, Ohio on the evening the accident took place when the driver of an SUV hit her car after failing to stop, the patrol said. Her fiancé Xavier Brown, 25, and son Deklan Jankowski, 9, died at the scene, WTVG reported. Her two younger children, Aurora Michael, 7, and Riggs William Brown, 1, were flown to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center but they, unfortunately, did not make it. The driver of the other vehicle was brought to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
"Five beautiful angels left this earthly place to be amongst the stars this week of March 26, 2022," an online obituary established for the family reads. "Both of our families are saddened to lose these five souls, but know they are together during the greatest journey there is in heaven."
"If you knew this family, you would know they were exceptional from day one," the statement added.
Per the obituary, Riggs was the biological child of Brown, 25, and Muriel. Deklan and Aurora were Muriel's children from previous relationships.
"Their family situation was interesting and loving," the obituary said. "Xavier and Muriel's outlook on life brought lives together and focused on what they believed was most important, creating a great future with their family and friends."
In a statement shared on Facebook, Muriel's sister, Mariah Rose Michael, remembered her sibling with love. "I miss you all more than words can describe.." Mariah wrote alongside photos of the late family. "There's nothing I'll miss more than walking into their home & just feeling the love radiate all around me. It was like weights were lifted off my shoulders every single time I walked through their door."
Noting that her sister was her "best friend, my rock" Mariah continued, "Rekindling my relationship with her is something I will forever cherish & be grateful for. Making her proud will always be one of my greatest accomplishments in life."
"I love her babies like they're my own.." she added. "We were all supposed to have so much more time together to do all of the things we had planned."
The grieving sister then expressed thanks to "everyone who has reached out, donated & been here ... through this nightmare. We appreciate it so much." She also noted that "This tragedy could have been avoided."
A GoFundMe has been set up in honor of the family to help pay for burial expenses.
Cover Image Source: Grisier Funeral Home