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Victims of deadly Route 24 crash in Harford County remembered

Posted: 5:24 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 11:22:56Z
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HARFORD COUNTY, Md. — Even at seven years old, he brightened every room.

Tripp Johnson, the second grade student that died in Monday's crash along Route 24, stood out among his peers and his principal, Tammy Bosley.

"Children had an opportunity, especially the younger ones, to draw and write their favorite memories of Tripp and children speak well through pictures," she said as her eyes welled up.

Bosley began her time at William Paca/Old Post Elementary School when Tripp was in Pre-K and knew him well.

Flags at the school were at half-staff honoring Tripp who died as part of a 12-vehicle pileup that also claimed the life of Andrew Klein, the president of Klein's Family Markets.

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"He would always push me also. He would say, 'well what are you doing more, what about that person -- no one is reaching out to them.' He always pushed me to go beyond my comfort zone," Rabbi Kushi Schusterman said.

Schusterman is the rabbi at the Harford Chabad Center, a facility Klein helped put together.

He says the quiet philanthropist was a big part of the community and moved to open a lot doors and do a lot of work behind the scenes.

It's why the rabbi is pushing others to do something for people.

"Do something good to merit his soul and to honor his memory," Schusterman said.

Memories -- all Principal Bosley says she has left, along with the support of those in the Harford community.

"I'll miss his smile," she said as tears rolled down her cheeks. "His hugs and his smile."