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Commemorating Two Teenagers Killed in Motorcycle Accident
Two families are still trying to grasp the fact that their children are no longer with them.
A motorcycle accident in July killed Leo Alfano and Morgan McKinnon. On Sunday, those families, along with friends, honored the two teenagers by making sure they are remembered in South Jacksonville.
Almost two months behind them, the families of 19-year-old Leo Alfano and 17-year-old Morgan McKinnon are learning to cope with the loss of their children. Morgan's father, Pat McKinnon, told the audience how tough the past couple of weeks have been.
"To me my wife and the Alfanos, this is where we lost our babies," Pat McKinnon said. "It's not a longitude or latitude for us. This is the spot where we lost our children."
The intersection of Comfort Drive and South Main is where Leo and Morgan were killed in a motorcycle accident.
On Sunday, Leo's mother spoke to a crowd full of tears.
"At least because this is such a busy intersection, and if we can be reminded to watch for motorcycles, at least, Leo's and Morgan's life would not have gone in vain," Tonia Alfano said.
The city of South Jacksonville named the intersection Leo Morgan Memorial Way. Lots of hugs were given out and love shown, especially from close friends of the teenagers.
"Just a reminder every time you drive by that they're still here," Sarah Thornley said. "Just again, to watch out for motorcycles because it's such an important intersection now."
The new sign can't bring back Leo and Morgan, but Pat McKinnon says he trusts God to help him get through dealing with his loss.
"May you give us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change. The courage to change the things father that we can, and the wisdom to know the difference," Pat McKinnon said.
Both the Alfanos and McKinnons said they do not blame anyone for their children's death.
They agree the incident was an accident, that changed their lives forever.