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Family remembers two men killed after car plunged into Kalamazoo River

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Family members of two Battle Creek men killed after their car plunged into the Kalamazoo River are speaking out.

The family had a lot to say about who the two men were and how their life ended so abruptly. Family members say they were first cousins and best friends, inseparable.

For Brittany Brooks and her brother Damon Marshall, it has been a lot to deal with.

“I just feel empty and I still feel empty,” said Brooks. “I think I’m going to feel empty for a long time, because that is not just my brother, that is my best friend and I lost him.”

Two siblings, stunned to learn that their brother Deshunta Marshall and their cousin, Marcus Parsons, both killed when the car they were traveling in lost control and crashed into the Kalamazoo River on Friday morning.

“That was the worst news I received in a long time,” said Marshall.

At the intersection of Capital Avenue and Dickman Road, a makeshift memorial of balloons and flowers is growing where the crash occurred as family members work to find a way to move on.

“I have a lot of anxiety,” said Brooks, “I don’t want to go around that bend, I want to avoid coming down this way.”

As the realization of the deadly crash sinks in, the family is calling for something to be done at the intersection before another life is lost.

“I would rather see a wall up where I wouldn’t have to worry about somebody’s family member being in the water,” said Brooks. “They can hit the wall instead of being in the water for that long. Because if my brother didn’t have a seatbelt on, him and my cousin would have been in the water.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses. You can find that account by clicking here; https://www.gofundme.com/rip-deshunta

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