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Women killed in Roanoke County crash weren't just cousins, but life long friends

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 17 2013 04:45:46 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2013 11:39:48 AM EDT

Family and friends are remembering two cousins who died in a car crash in Roanoke County.

ROANOKE CO., Va. -

The families of Eglenna Cassell and Doris Moran spent Wednesday praying and welcoming friends and family who came to pay their respects.

Cassell and Moran were lifelong friends and cousins who grew up on family land in Roanoke County.

This isn't the first time this family has dealt with tragedy.  One of the women killed in Tuesday's crash, Eglenna Cassell, was the widow of Captain Robert Cassell of the Roanoke Fire Department.

Captain Cassell and two other people were killed by a drunk driver after responding to a fire call in 1985.

Remembers Daughter-in-Law Lynn Cassell, "Doris lived at the top of the hill and there was a pine tree in the middle. Doris was allowed to go as far as the pine tree and Eglenna was able to go as far as the pine tree and that's where they played."

Tuesday morning the women were killed in a crash on route 460 at the Roanoke County- Montgomery County line.

"They hung out together. She had spent the night with her prior to this happening and she came by her yesterday morning to get some more clothes and spend another night cause they were buddies, they went out to eat together and shopping and never made it home," says Lynn Cassell.

Wednesday was spent working on final arrangements and remembering the women who were more like sisters than cousins.

"She was a sweet lady, she and Doris, both good people. Be sorely missed," says Eglenna's son, Tom Cassell.

"My mom was a good God-fearing woman, she always went to church she would always do anything you wanted," remembers Doris' son, George Moran.

Eglenna Cassell will be laid to rest Saturday.

The Moran family is still working on arrangements.

At this point there are no charges in the case.