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Community answer brother's call to help family of Minnesota teen killed in crash

Two teenagers died in the June 8 crash on Hwy. 169 in Itasca County.
Aiden Hall

Aiden Hall

A community has answered a brother's call to help his family financially after his brother was one of two teenagers killed in a car crash

"My brother Aiden Hall was tragically killed in a car crash on Saturday June 8th. He was only 16 and was taken too soon," wrote David Hall in a GoFundMe. "Our family is devastated at the loss of our beloved brother and son. 

"Our parents are mourning him and at that same time have to plan his funeral. Please consider helping our family in this tragic time of need by donating anything you can and sharing." 

David's goal of raising $1,000 was quickly surpassed, prompting him to double the original goal "because if I can help my parents in any way, I will," he wrote. 

He called the support in the community "overwhelmingly amazing." 

The double fatal crash happened Saturday on Hwy. 169 in Nashwauk when a 1994 Chevy Cobra camper traveling south collided with a car carrying four teenagers. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 17-year-old driver of the Honda Accord was attempting to turn left onto a local highway into Nashwauk when the camper struck as they crossed the southbound lanes. 

Sadly, 13-year-old Trenton C. Salminen, of Hibbing, and Aiden Hall were killed in the crash. The teen driver and a 15-year-old passenger also in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Salminem recently finished seventh grade, according to his obituary, which says he loved the outdoors and "was happiest with a fishing rod in his hands." 

Both Hall and Salminen were students at Northern Lights Community School in Warba, Minnesota. The school opened its doors Monday, June 10, for counseling and prayers to anyone in need of support, or to simply "share into the lives of our students." 

The driver and passenger in the camper were not injured. 

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