• Community comes out for family who lost 13-month-old in crash

    By: Trish Williford


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - More than 700 people signed up on social media to attend a benefit concert for the Hooper family in Gastonia.

    Family, friends and people who don't even know the family gathered at the Rockhouse Cafe to celebrate the life of Lexi Hooper and also to help raise money for her parents, Alex Hooper and Kelsey Hooper.

    Lexi Hooper, who was 13 months old, was traveling with her parents in Wadesboro on Christmas Day when they crashed their car head-on into another vehicle. Lexi Hooper died at thehospital; her parents suffered serious injuries.

    Visit the Facebook prayer page for Lexi here.

    The couple's family and friends raised money Sunday night to help with their expenses. They're asking people to stop by, listen to some music and buy some food to help support the Hoopers during this difficult time.

    "I know it's tough and they need other people's support," said family friend Randy Haas.

    "It's very hard on them but they're coping, thank you Lord, with all the support everybody's giving them," said family friend Patricia Mayhue.

    Organizers also plan to hold an auction at Sunday's event. All the money raised will go to help the Hooper family.

    A fund has also been set up for Saundra Davis, who was also injured in the crash. Click here for more information.

    Read our past coverage:

    Dec. 26:  13-month-old girl dies after Christmas Day wreck

    Dec. 27:  Family copes with loss of baby killed in crash

    Dec. 30: Vigil held for 13-month-old killed in crash on Christmas

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