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Trooper Nathan Bradley Steps Up for Kids After Halloween Crash Kills Parents

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Nov 2015 03:14 PM

Trooper Nathan Bradley temporarily took in four children whose parents were killed in a horrific accident on Halloween night in an act of good will that is going viral across the country.

The Georgia officer went to the Newborn home of Don and Crystal Howard ready to deliver the news that the couple had died in a car accident after running out to pick up face paint and Halloween candy before taking their four kids trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, according to People magazine.

But after four children in costume answered the door, Bradley couldn't bear to break the bad news.

So, as officers searched to find the closest relative to come be with the children, ages 6 to 13, Bradley spent time with them, taking them out to eat and trying to give them a Halloween night they could remember.

"It was dreadful," Bradley told People. "I did some pretty remarkable acting. I have the worst fake smile in the world, but I wore it. It just tore me apart."

Authorities finally reached Don Howard's mother, Stephanie Oliver, in Florida, and she gave Bradley permission not to tell the children about their parents until she got there the next morning.

In the hours he spent with the homeschooled children, Bradley said he learned a lot about their parents and how wonderful they were.

"They were responsible for homeschooling these kids and based on our conversations, they are all highly intelligent — they have really creative minds; the 13-year-old told me about some inventions he wanted to make to protect soldiers," he said, adding that Don Howard was in the Army for eight years and served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bradley later started a GoFundMe account to help the family with funeral expenses. In a description on the site, he wrote about how difficult it was to sit with the children all evening, knowing their lives were about to be devastated.

The account has raised $272,000 as news of the tragic story hit the Internet and the community. Any funds that exceed the $7,000 needed for funeral costs will go to the children's educations.

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