‘We have 3 angels now,’ father of victim in West Warwick crash speaks out

All three victims were in their early 20s.
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EXETER, R.I. (WLNE) -The father of one of the three victims in Tuesday’s fiery crash in West Warwick is speaking out for the first time, only to ABC6.

Brian Banner says while his time with his oldest son, Alex, was way too short… he’s grateful the two shared a lifetime of memories that he will cherish forever.

“This time here… we weren’t expecting to even catch a fish!” Banner says teary-eyed, reminiscing on a picture from a favorite boat day years ago.

This crash also claimed the lives of 23-year-old Brandon Verrochio and 22-year-old Gianni Guerreri. Banner says he’s mourning the loss of them, too.

“We have three angels now… and in a way it comforts me knowing they’re all together” Brian expresses.

Banner adds he now worries most about how his younger son, Brady, and how he will live a life without his older brother by his side.

“Brady lost the best big brother in the world… and I hope Alex continues to guide and support him from above,” Brian adds.

“He {Alex} has friends, he plays sports, he contributes to everything, he makes time for family, all this well balancing and being a good student… I mean how can you not be proud?”

The 21-year-old was a senior at University of Rhode Island on Dean’s List, slated to graduate in the spring.

The grieving father says he knows what his last message to his son would be.

“I love him, he knows that, I enjoyed his time, thank you for letting me take these pictures of us,” Banner says while looking, teary eyed, at the hundreds of pictures in-front of him.

A lantern sendoff is planned for all the victims Friday at Exeter- West Greenwich High School at 7 p.m., where all three graduated from.

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