November 29th, 2017 is the day 2-year-old Princess Carter and 7-month-old Prince Carter were killed in a car crash. The car they were in with their parents, was hit by Frederick McFarland who at the time was leading Evansville Police Officers on a police chase.
Days later their father, Terrance Barker, died from his injuries and their mother, Janae Carter survived but she was left injured.
Years later Carter and her family are still left picking up the pieces, finding strength in a tragedy.
"Those were my grandkids and I just really want, their memory to stay alive," said Sara Johnson, the Grandmother of Princess and Prince. "We don't have our loved ones with us and its very heartbreaking."
This year makes 4 years since their passing and each year around November 29th, family and friends stop at the corner of Linwood and Monroe Ave, where the crash happened for a prayer vigil, and to place balloons in remembrance of the victims.
In 2017, McFarland pled guilty to their deaths and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The family continues to push for justice in what they feel both the city and McFarland are responsible for.
"These kids' lives were cut short, and it is our responsibility as a community to be able to hold the city accountable and not to let these lives be forgotten," said Reverend William Payne, The Director of Evansville Social Justice.
In 2018, Carter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Evansville. The jury trial date is set for May 9th, 2022.
Until that date family, friends and loved ones wait grieving the loss of 3 bystanders and receive comfort in those in the community.
"We need to show that we stand united in all efforts to better our community," said Payne. "this is not just something that we are willing to let go of."