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Trinity coming together to support, encourage family of girl who died in bus wreck

Funeral arrangements for Journey Magness, 7, are pending. Trinity’s Burning Hope Baptist Church will post them to its Facebook page. (Source: KTRE Staff) Funeral arrangements for Journey Magness, 7, are pending. Trinity’s Burning Hope Baptist Church will post them to its Facebook page. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nelson and Sherry Jurecka prepare food for the Magness family. The couple lost a son 9 years ago. They say losing a child takes a piece of your heart. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nelson and Sherry Jurecka prepare food for the Magness family. The couple lost a son 9 years ago. They say losing a child takes a piece of your heart. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Brother Jim Dixon, pastor at Burning Hope Baptist Church, says the Magness family is moving forward minute by minute.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Brother Jim Dixon, pastor at Burning Hope Baptist Church, says the Magness family is moving forward minute by minute. (Source: KTRE Staff)
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

It was a day of privacy for the family of Journey Magness, the 7-year-old girl who died in a school van accident yesterday morning in Trinity.
Only the closest of friends and family gathered at their home.

"A Ministry Where Church Happens," is the motto for Burning Hope Baptist Church. Doing for others is a priority. 

That priority was evident in the kitchen where Nelson and Sherry Jurecka work. Every Friday they prepare meals for the S.O.U.L. Soup Kitchen. On Friday, they were cooking a bit more for the family of David and Kim Magness who are grieving the loss of a child. 

"I only do what I can do,” said Nelson Jurecka I cook. “I'm cooking all sorts of food to take to 'em."

The Jurecka recall how Journey brought a lot of joy to the church.

"And the first thing she does is runs up to me and has to hug me and tells me she loves, me and I tell her I love her,” Sherry Jurecka said.

"The family took a hard tragedy,” Nelson Jurecka said. “That's, thats, it takes a long time to get over that."

The Jureckas know from experience.

"We lost our 20 year old son in a car wreck 9 years ago,” Sherry Jurecka said.

Helping the Magnesses through their own grief is pastor Tim Dixon.

"The best I can say is under the circumstances, I believe they're moving forward minute by minute at this point,” Dixon said. “It's not a day by day thing yet. And having been around this most of my life, it's hard, but I see that they're doing it in a healthy way."

The food will nourish their bodies. The faith will feed their soul.

"I think they're going to need a lot of that,” Nelson Jurecka said. “A lot.”

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Dixon said services will happen early next week and will be posted on the Burning Hope Baptist Church Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Public Safety continues its investigation.

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