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St. Petersburg, Florida — A Bay area community is in  mourning Monday night after it lost three members after a tragic car accident.

Jennifer Zuniga of Venus, Florida, lost control of her pickup,  hydroplaned, crossed the center lien on State Road 70  and struck a vehicle head-on that was carrying three sisters — Tehira, India, and LaMour Welch of St. Pete — and Antwayne Robinson of North Carolina.

Zuninga, the sisters and Robinson were all killed in the crash.

It happened about 7 p.m. Sunday along State Road 70 and Desoto County.

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There was one survivor in this horrific crash, a 6-year-old boy who is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.

Word spread to the families about the tragedy around 5 a.m. Monday. The three sisters were very involved in the community, and were returning from a church convention with Robinson when the crash occurred. Their father is a pastor and a cousin is a county commissioner.

Many people are still trying to come to terms with the loss.

“Tehira was my youngest. My daughter India was my middle baby and my entrepreneur lady. My oldest daughter was my twin,” says Pastor Ricardo Welch of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ of St. Petersburg.

He is able to share a smile as just hours after learning all three were killed in the accident.

“It is unimaginable. I can’t express words. Anyone knows me, I love my girls,” says Welch.

“To lose my daughters in this fashion has caused a rip in my heart that can’t be explained,” says Welch.

Their church family mourned the loss Monday morning as members learned about the tragedy.

“They were just loving young people who loved the lord,” says Welch.

Tehira was an aspiring fashion designer. India was an entrepreneur and singer. LaMour a nurse.

“Proud of them and proud of legacy they left behind,” says Commissioner Ken Welch, who is the girl’s cousin.

Now the pastor — who has to say goodbye to his only daughters — will turn to the one person who his family has always turned to before.

“Inside I’m torn up but God is in me and he rises up,” says Welch.

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