A Georgia State Patrol trooper has been praised for looking after four children orphaned children by Halloween tragedy.
Nathan Bradley, 25, was going to break the news to Donald and Crystal Howard’s children that their parents were killed when their SUV flew off the road and hit a tree as they drove to get Halloween supplies on Saturday.
When the trooper arrived at their house in Morgan County, Ga., and found the children in full costume and ready to go trick-or-treating, he took an alternative approach.
With their grandmother’s permission, Bradley didn’t tell the children that their parents had died, 11 Alive News reported.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Hey lets go get something to eat,’ ” Bradley said.
“They said, ‘My parents will be here soon,’ I said, ‘Your grandma wants you to hang out with me till she gets here. ‘ “
“I just couldn’t bear it to break the news to them. I wanted to keep their minds as occupied as possible,” Bradley told the station.
The trooper treated Justin, Amaya, Damien and Travion — ages 6 to 13 — to movies and Halloween treats followed by a sleepover.
“The whole purpose was to preserve their Halloween,” Bradley said.
Their grandmother Stephanie Oliver delivered the heartbreaking news when she arrived the next morning.
“He took care of my kids when they needed them. He was there for them, all the way,” Oliver said.
Bradley also started a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses so that Crystal and Donald Howard can be buried in Florida, where the children will move in with grandparents.
Donations totaled more than $160,000 as of Thursday morning.