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Two St. Tammany families devastated after kids die in eerily similar car crashes | One Tammany

Two St. Tammany families devastated after kids die in eerily similar car crashes | One Tammany

As the Pope John Paul II Large Faculty volleyball staff prepared for a sport in the condition match in Lafayette very last weekend, Coach Danny Tullis tearfully famous that his workforce had devoted its time to the sister of a person its gamers, a youthful lady who experienced been killed in a car crash numerous months back.

“Her mothers and fathers have to be the strongest men and women I have at any time seen. It really is unreal,” Tullis stated of Avery Natal’s mothers and fathers.  

Danny Tullis had no plan at the time that his son, 16-yr-aged Christian Tullis, would be killed only a several hrs later in a car or truck crash immediately after looking at his father and older sister – Ali, a senior — win their semifinal match.

Christian Tullis was driving residence from the activity all around 11 p.m. when he crashed his 2010 Nissan Titan pickup into the back again of an 18-wheeler on eastbound Interstate 12 around Lacombe.  


Pope John Paul II player Ali Tullis, center, will get a hug from Newman players immediately after their reduction 3- all through their Division IV finals in the LHSAA Condition Volleyball Championship match at Cajundome on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Lafayette, La..

Christian, like the rest of the Tullis loved ones, was properly known by the Pope John Paul II spouse and children. He smiled often, and was explained as an remarkable athlete. His mother, Diana Tullis, said Christian’s faith in God was central to his daily life, and he was a role product to his brother, Colin. 

Christian’s dad and mom claimed he is donating seven organs to aid other men and women.

Christian Tullis’ loss of life came 7 months after Avery Natal, a 19-12 months-old at LSU and a previous Pope John Paul II scholar, was killed in April in a auto crash on I-12 as she drove property to Covington to see her spouse and children. Danny Tullis coached Natal for numerous years when she was a college student at Pope John Paul II.

Avery’s sister, Peyton Natal, is a senior on the Jaguars volleyball team. And the group already had Avery’s initials published on their hair bows. Before Saturday’s Division IV state championship recreation, the Jaguars gamers additional Christian’s initials, CT, to the bows.

Avery’s father, Mike, reported Peyton gave the group a pep chat prior to the championship, telling her teammates to be robust and to bear in mind who they had been enjoying for.

Avery Natal

Avery Natal. (Courtesy of Natal family members.)

Following Tullis’ loss of life, the Natals’ set up a GoFundMe account to assistance include funeral bills and other wants for the family members. 

“With them in the identical predicament as we were being in, I felt Avery would’ve wanted us to help in some way,” Mike Natal said. “Her will was to aid some others as she’d normally accomplished.” 

Natal claimed when his loved ones lost Avery, they failed to have any person who could have an understanding of what they have been likely by means of, so they’ve created it a point to be there to help the Tullis household navigate via their grief.

“Danny identified as me the other day and we just talked for a prolonged time,” reported Natal. “But there is certainly almost nothing you can say to an individual who misplaced a child apart from expressing they are coming home.”

Police examined the driver of the 18-wheeler in Christian Tullis’ accident for liquor use but discovered no proof he was impaired. Law enforcement also gathered a routine toxicology sample from Tullis. The crash stays below investigation.

Equally Tullis and the other driver were being donning seatbelts, Condition Law enforcement stated.