TENAHA, TX (KTRE) - Five year old Nathan Cooks passed away after being taken off life support just after midnight this morning. Nathan was one of three children hit by a truck Tuesday morning while waiting for a school bus along Highway 84 just east of Tenaha. His older sister, JaLyric Boykin, died at the scene. Their 14 year old aunt, Danielle Cooks at ETMC in Tyler. While her injuries remain substantial and of great concern, doctors have intimated optimism for her recovery. We're still waiting for word on if the driver of the pickup will face any charges. Eloy Lara, 22, of Palestine was not injured.
Tonight the deceased children's mother is back in Tenaha. Yolanda Boykin stood on the spot where her two children received their fatal injuries. The young 21 year old stared forward while a Longview attorney leaves after presenting his pitch. According to family friends, as many as 12 attorneys began calling yesterday alluding to a civil lawsuit. Boykin's former Head Start teacher listened closely in an attempt to look out for Boykin's welfare.
Help is coming in other ways. The First Baptist Church is where JaLyric, Nathan and Danielle attended youth group and Sunday school. Volunteer Ruth Krantz will miss the children at Wednesday evening service. "At times Danielle would come sit with us and the younger children usually sat over on this side," indicated Krantz while standing in the sanctuary. Each Sunday a volunteer driven bus would pick the children and their mothers up for Sunday service. Since the accident church members have remained with the single moms. Some were the only ones with Nathan as his mother made arrangements to get to Shreveport where he was being treated. "We want to be available where needed, if needed whatever it might be," said Jim Krantz.
The local church is attempting to meet the children's families immediate needs, but there is evidence that these needs are much grander than what a local church can provide. A large extended family live together in a trailer. Often there is no running water or electricity. Times are hard, but now they're even more difficult. "Provisions is not a problem. It's all the underlying problems that needs attention," expressed Jim Krantz. The prayer of those who deeply care about the two moms struck by hardship and grief is that they'll receive the loingterm attention, help and guidance they so desperately need.