Parents' Nightmare: Brothers Killed 3 Months Apart

One died in a car crash in July; the other was just killed by a hit-and-run driver
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2015 11:48 AM CST

(Newser) – The Tsatsos family has been grieving since July, when 19-year-old son Darryl was killed in a three-car crash in a suburb of Detroit. Now their nightmare has doubled: Darryl's 18-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend near the college where he was a freshman, the Detroit News reports. Ryan and Darryl were Paul and Julie Tsatsos' only children, the paper notes. "No arrests have been made yet in the death of Ryan Tsatsos," a Michigan State Police rep said Monday. "We are following up on tips. We are aware that the family lost their other son three months ago. This is a terribly tragic situation."

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Their ongoing nightmare started in the early hours of July 26, after a deputy tried to pull Darryl over for speeding, the News reports. Even though the officer eventually gave up the chase, a few minutes later he came upon an accident scene, where Darryl's car had slammed into two other vehicles, killing Darryl (the other drivers weren't seriously injured). In Ryan's case, he was walking with friends early Sunday near Central Michigan University when a car plowed into him going as fast as 80mph, throwing him 30 feet into a ditch, WJBK reports. The station notes Ryan reportedly pushed one of his female friends out of the way when they heard the car. A GoFundMe page to help the family has raised nearly $45,000. Meanwhile, dad Paul Tsatsos says a wind chime given to the family after Darryl's death has been ringing louder than ever. "To me, that's Darryl telling me again, 'I've got Ryan,'" he tells WJBK. (Another Michigan family suffered a similar loss—but with more than two lost.)

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