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Dad builds tribute to daughter killed in Palm Sunday crash

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: May 24 2013 04:36:17 PM CDT
Updated On: May 24 2013 04:47:27 PM CDT

A Schuylkill County father is working through his pain and heartbreak.

MINERSVILLE, Pa. -

A Schuylkill County father is working through his pain and heartbreak.

Edward Williams plans to unveil a small token of his love for his daughter after she and her sister were tragically killed in a car crash two months ago.

"I'm doing as much as I can. I just want to make her proud of me," said Williams,

Keeping busy is the only way Williams knows how to grieve. His little girl, Catrina, was killed exactly two months ago on Palm Sunday.

"It's a phone call I never want to get again ever," said Williams.

Catrina, 3, her sister, Carianna Kroh, 6, and their mom, Victoria Place, pulled out of Faith Church near South Liberty Street in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill Co. 

According to police, another car swerved, but it was too late. Both Catrina and Carianna were killed.

"I would give anything to hear her laugh, hear her tell me she loves me and just see her smile again. It would be so much worth everything," said Williams.

Williams went back to the scene of the horrific crash last week. He left a pink cross for Catrina's birthday. She would have been 4-years-old. She was taken far too soon, but her father hopes her memory lives on forever.

Some of Catrina's ashes sit on a shelf inside her dad's home. Now, he wants his little princess and her sister to be remembered in their hometown of Minersville. Williams said the girls were inseparable, and one of their favorite places was the community swimming pool.

Williams had a pavilion built for his daughter and her sister. He bought the material and plans to dedicate it Saturday morning.

"I want to give back as much as I can. I want to help as many people as I can and do what I can," said Williams.

Catrina and Carianna already have. They were both organ donors. Now, he said it's his turn to return the favor and help people remember his little girl who put a smile on everybody's face.

The pavilion dedication will be held at the community pool. There will be games and ice cream for the kids. Everything gets started at 9 a.m.