Family of mother killed by falling tree: Her children have 'long road ahead'

Devon Cook's family (Courtesy Go Fund Me)
Devon Cook's family (Courtesy Go Fund Me)

MONTVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The family of a young mother, killed last week when a tree fell on her car, is trying to stay strong for the woman's two young children as they cope with the tragic loss.

Devon Cook, 28, leaves behind an 8-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account for the children's future.

"I'm doing this for [Devon] because I know if she was still here she would never ask for a single thing for anyone but our family does need help for these kids they have a very long road ahead of them," said Bradley Scarl, Devon's brother. "I want to make sure that they have the best college, the best education, the best everything, because I know that's what she would do if she was here."

Last week, Cook was driving on River Styx Road south of Turnberry when officials said winds brought by storms blew a tree onto Cook's car. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the back seat at the time but only suffered bruises. Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She was an amazing, amazing person. Amazing mother, sister she was overall an angel to everyone," said Scarl's fiancée Jessica Melda. "I was going to be, I was so proud to call her my sister. She was very dedicated to everything that she did, she always had a smile on her face, had a positive outlook in life she never took anything for granted and she put everyone before herself."

"Everything that my sister did was for everybody else, [she] never ever put herself first, no matter who it was. She would give a stranger the shirt off her back," said Scarl.

Cook's husband, her 8-year-old son's father, died in Afghanistan in 2010.

"My niece and nephew mean absolutely everything to me. I gave a promise to my sister a long time ago when my nephew's father passed that I would always take care of him and when my niece was born, Victoria, I gave that same exact promise, and I know that she looking down right now and knowing that I'm taking care of them."

Scarl and Melda told Cleveland 19 that the family is trying to stay strong for Cook's two children, and trying to provide the best life they can for the kids.

"I just want to thank everybody for everything that they've done, the generosity, the love, I know this is what Devon would want and I can't thank everyone enough," said Scarl.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone again who's reached out to us all across the board -- it's so nice to see all the people that really come together for something like this," said Melda. "When you see everyone that shows up for something all the people's lives that she touched, and that she was in -- it's unbelievable and she she's looking down on everyone and we thank everyone so much."

For Devon Cook's children:

Donations may be made at the Huntington National Bank using the account ending in 0590.

A GoFundMe has also been set up.

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