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Family mourns, remember Cass County crash victims

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

The news that three children and a couple had been killed in a Fourth of July accident devastated many, but especially those who knew the victims best.

Aleah Lucas' family graciously agreed to share their memories of the 22-year-old woman. A visitation was held Monday night and a funeral will be later this week.

"She was amazing," Kelly Osborn, Aleah's aunt, told KCTV5. "She was sweet. She had a really big heart. She loved anybody and everybody. She was the kindest person you could ever meet in life. She kept the peace with pretty much everybody."

She especially loved the four children of her 32-year-old boyfriend, Jason A. Rittermeyer. The couple had been dating almost seven months.

Rittermeyer's oldest son, 16-year-old Jonas, stayed home as Aleah, Rittermeyer and his three youngest children headed out to buy fireworks ahead of a family celebration.

Rittermeyer lost control of the vehicle, apparently as his tires hit a large rut in the road. As he fought to regain control, his vehicle skidded across a rural road near Archie and was T-boned by another vehicle. Both Rittermeyer and Aleah were killed in the crash along with Noah Rittermeyer, 11; Sage Rittermeyer, 9; and Anna Rittermeyer, 9.

The children adored Aleah, her aunt said. Her niece loved to cook for the children and help them pick out the clothes they would wear, Osborn said.

"They were her life," she said. "She was like their mother. She did everything for them. Everything."

She said she was more mature than the typical 22-year-old, and she just wanted to get married and have a family.

"She was not 22 in her heart. She was definitely a lot older than her age," Osborn said. "She acted like a mother should. She did everything possible."

A tearful Osborn said she will miss her niece's big blue eyes and warm heart the most.

Funeral services for Rittermeyer and his three children will be held Wednesday.

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