Grieving daughter shares memories of parents after fatal church bus crash

Jenn Barrett lost her parents within 2 weeks

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist

Courtesy: Jenn Barrett

SAN ANTONIO - “Two weeks ago, I woke up with two parents. Today, I woke up an orphan.”

Those are the written words from Jenn Barrett, the daughter of a church bus driver who was killed in a crash on March 29 in Uvalde County.

Barrett’s father, Murray Barrett, 67, was driving the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels minibus when it collided head-on with Jack Dillon Young’s pickup truck along Highway 83.

The crash also took the lives of 12 other church members and injured another passenger.

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Two weeks after the crash, Jenn Barrett's mother, Dianne Murray, 55, was found dead in her home by police after they received an emergency call on April 12.

On the day of her mother’s death, Jenn Barrett wrote a blog titled “Orphan,” in which she described her parents as amazing people who “loved and served with everything that they had until their last moments on earth.”

She shared in a different blog titled “Confused but Confident” that even though her parents were devoted to the church, her relationship with God has become complicated.

“I know that my God is good. I know that his plans are right and true. I know that all things work for his glory and my good,” Jenn Barrett wrote. “But I am confused.” 

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Since the crash, Jenn Barrett has written nine posts that share memories of her parents with her followers.

The blog has received comments from supporters sharing their admiration of Jenn Barrett’s strong will through her difficult time of losing both parents within the two weeks.

One supporter wrote: “Jenn, God must have made amazing things planned for you. Your strength and faith during such trying times is such a wonderful testimony to the watching world and encouragement and inspiration for me. Praying for you my friend.”

Another follower shared: “Your strength is beautiful and truly amazing. You are already starting the job you are being shaped for, by posting your thoughts and letting people know that firmest of believers can have questions and confusion. They can recognize those feelings and see what it looks like to hang in there with your faith and grace. You are an inspiration. Your parents are very proud.”

Click here to read Jenn Barrett's blog postings.


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