Family remembers 2 brothers who died in Cape Coral canal crash

Reporter: Breana Ross Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Brothers 10-year-old John Wayne and 7-year-old Titus. Credit: WINK News.

The aunt of the two brothers who died in a Cape Coral canal crash says she’s happy justice will be served for the two boys now that arrests have been made.

Brothers 10-year-old John Wayne and 7-year-old Titus died after becoming trapped in a car that went into a canal recently.

Their aunt and uncle told us last week the children brought light to every room, always gave big hugs and always were sweet no matter what they went through.

Now, they are honored with crosses and flowers next to where their car plunged into a canal.

The boy’s family wants to remember the smiles of two boy that could brighten their day.

“It just shows you how incredible kids can be,” said Courtney Getty, the brothers’ aunt. “Like no matter what they go through, they can just push through and make it seem like your bad day isn’t so bad.”

The family says John Wayne loved math, science and playing video games. Titus loved riding his bike, playing outside and going to gym class at school. Both loved their little sister dearly.

“I really feel for Evabelle, which is their younger sister, and her older brothers, you know? Her best friends,” said Devin Getty, the brothers’ uncle.

Their aunt and uncle told us last week they remember all the things they loved to do when they visited in Michigan.

“They loved to jump off the top of the slide. It was their favorite thing to do,” Courtney said.

The family wishes they could see the boys one more time.

“They had so much life left, as they were only 7 and 10,” Courtney said. “I can’t imagine, you know, going through that.”

John Wayne and Titus were from Michigan. They had only been living with their dad in Cape Coral for three months before their lives were cut short. The family says memorial services will be held at a later date.

Their father, Kenneth Lawson, and Julia Drudy both face charges in the deadly crash. Lawson faces charges for DUI manslaughter, and Drudy faces a charge for permitting an unauthorized operator to drive.

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