A brother and sister have been left shattered after their parents were killed in two separate incidents.

Mum, Jane Towers, died in a car crash, which also took the life of her 12-year-old son Jayjay.  Meanwhile their father’s body was found in a flood-ravaged creek in Queensland.

Shanon Heidemann, 17, was helping search for his dad who disappeared in floodwaters near Gympie when he was told the devastating news that his mother, brother and sister had been in a crash in Berry, media reports.

A truck had collided with his mother Jane Towers’ car, killing her and his brother. Shanon’s sister Khloe, 14, was also in the car and was critically injured.

The pair’s father, David Heidemann, had been missing since March 30 when he went to visit a friend near Gympie as heavy rain lashed the state in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

But on the weekend Queensland police delivered the news to Shanon that his dad’s body had been found at Barambah Creek.

Mr Heidemann and Ms Tower’s were separated, Ms Towers’ sister-in-law Belinda Hartigan told Fairfax media.

Shanon had been living with his father at the time of his death and is now in the care of his grandmother.

Ms Hartigan said Shanon was “holding up” after receiving the tragic news.

“He’s doing the best that he can with everything that’s happening,” she said.

A GoFundMe page established to help the two young orphans and to pay for funeral costs has raised more than $10,000 in three days.

Our hearts break for these young siblings.  Losing three members of your family like that is beyond words.

We hope they lean on friends and family for support over the coming months as they deal with their grief.

Share your comments below.

Image via Gofundme

  • such sadness for someone to have to deal with. hope they have good support to help get through this


  • I hope these children receive couselling for as long as they need it, and other family members, especially those caring for them. I cannot even begin to imagine how these children are feeling and will for at least the year or so, probably longer


  • What tragic news. My deepest sympathy to Shanon and Khloe on the loss of their parents and a speedy recovery to Khloe.


  • How tragic is this is ! Too much to bare for these young siblings.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
    Hope they receive all the help, support, love and strength they need.


  • Oh wow, how awful. At least they still have each other, I hope they stay close and get through this together


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