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Posted on May 23, 2022

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Twin brothers Garrett and Gabriel Cribb died in a car crash last week. A memorial service is set for Wednesday at Bunn High School where the boys competed on the wrestling team.

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Twin brothers Garrett and Gabriel Cribb died in a car crash last week. A memorial service is set for Wednesday at Bunn High School where the boys competed on the wrestling team.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com

BUNN — The community continues to mourn the loss of twin teenagers who died in a car wreck last week.

Garrett and Gabriel Cribb, 16, died in a single-car crash on Howard Tant Road in rural Franklin County on May 18, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Brayden Cribb, the boys' brother, said a memorial service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bunn High School. A private burial will be held the following day.

Their father Robert Cribb is the owner and operator of Pristine Automotive & Tire in Downtown Spring Hope.

The town's chamber of commerce has issued a statement expressing grief over the loss of the boys' lives.

"We convey our sincerest condolences to the family and friends, and ask that everyone continue to lift this family up in their prayers," according to a statement from Chamber President Ethan Vester.

The Cribbs live in Bunn where Garrett and Gabriel were sophomores at Bunn High School. Counselors have been on campus to help students, according to school officials.

"Gabriel and Garrett’s maturity and involvement in the school community will be dearly missed," Principal Jordan Morris said in a statement. "They were both great students that I can always count on to do the right thing. They loved wrestling and formed a special brotherhood with the wrestling team. This is a tough loss for myself and our Wildcat family."

At around 10 p.m. May 18, a vehicle, driven by Garrett with Gabriel riding in the front passenger seat, left the road, hit a ditch and collided with a tree. They both died at the scene, according to state troopers.

Garrett had just picked up Gabriel from his job. Gabriel worked at Rustic Roots. Garrett worked at the Farmer's Kitchen. Both restaurants are located in Bunn.

"It’s so hard to come up with words to express our feelings, as we are hurting, crushed and grieving," said Vanessa Vollmer, co-owner of Rustic Roots. "We ask you to pray for Gabriel and Garrett’s family, their friends and all of us who are feeling this tremendous loss."

Vanessa and her husband Russ and Vollmer, set up a gofundme page to help pay for the boys' funerals.

"We are asking for your help in helping their family cover funeral expenses for these two children," the Vollmers posted online. "Russ has talked with Robert and Michelle, their parents, and as you would imagine, this will be an enormous financial burden on them, as they do not have life insurance to cover the costs of giving them a proper burial."

The gofundme page had raised more than $41,000 as of Monday morning.

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