Family Remembers Teen Killed In DUI Crash

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(Memphis) It was pretty obvious where this family needed to be Monday night after losing 13-year-old Hezekiah Moss.

They called him Keon, and say he was always dressed from head to toe, with good reason.

“He wanted to follow in my footsteps as a preacher and he told me as he got older he was going to take this church from me," said Linwood Dillard, the teen’s uncle

Not even a mile away from his Dillard’s church and just blocks away from his mom and dad's front door, that dream ended.

Keon and his cousins were headed home from a family birthday party when another car with no headlights crossed the center line and hit them head on.

Keon died, his cousins were seriously hurt, and Quincy Johnson, the man who hit them, had very minor injuries.

Sheriff's deputies say Johnson was drunk.

It's so difficult that even the pastor struggled to comfort his family.

“It is hard, very hard. So many look to you as a source of strength, and you yourself need the strength and help of God," said Dillard.

They're not just hurt by Keon's death, but angry that the man who did it was arrested and released on a small bond.

Authorities must have agreed.

They upped those charges, hoping to put Johnson back in jail.

Now this family can focus on the Germantown Middle School student who dreamed of taking over his uncle's church.

In some small way Monday night, his spirit kind of did.


  • Dimecia

    A truly sad day indeed for this wonderful family! I am praying that God will comfort all of you in the most secret places of your hearts!

  • Mary Thompson

    I know what the family is going through.I lost my 19 year old son in a car accident.It;s hard.God bless this entire family. !!

  • DUI Attorney

    Truly sad when you hear of someone so young being taken so prematurely. DUIs are serious, but when a DUI crash results in death, words can’t express the emotion these families feel.

  • PJ

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pastor Dillard I pray God give you and especially the parents of your nephew strength. Look to the hills from whence cometh our help all our help cometh from The Lord.

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