Three families are coping with the loss of two men: Andrew Perkins and Michael Hubbard, Jr. Both Shreveport natives died as a result of a car crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-20 Thursday night.
In their honor, the families are hosting a blood drive. The "Mikey Lo &big Drew Blood Drive" will be held Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, located at 4670 Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA.
There will also be a vigil at the church Dec. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m.The funeral for both will be held at the same church on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. Visitation is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Michael Hubbard Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He was driving, and headed with his friends to his graduation at Grambling State University. He was ready to become a nurse and to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Jarde Miller, who was also riding in the car.
Andrew Perkins, his best friend, was sitting right behind Michael in the car. The two had been best friends since playing on the drumline at Huntington High School.
loved each other," said Maureen Perkins, Andrew Perkin's mother.
"They finished each other's sentences."
"Despite all the odds of coming up in single parent homes, they beat the odds," Kevin Perkins, brother of Andrew Perkins. "They both graduated from high school with good grades. They both graduated from college with good grades."
"You couldn't even mold two boys to be as good. Nobody is perfect but they were real close to it," said Michael Hubbard, Sr.
Andrew Perkins graduated from University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. His family said he had just received acceptance into veterinarian school, his childhood dream. He passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, two and a half days after the crash.
State Police still aren't sure why, but suddenly, while heading eastbound, Hubbard's sister's jumped across the median and slammed into a semi. Jarde's mother, Tangela Miller, trying to put the pieces together, by talking to her daughter whenever she gets a chance.
"She says some things constantly about her having to throw up, losing control of the car, Michael losing control of the car," said Tangela Miller.
Miller said Jarde is recovering with a broken arm. She said she and the baby in her womb will be ok. Mentally, Miller said her daughter is a wreck because she remembers watching the love her life die right before her eyes.
"We will never ever get over this," said Tangela Miller. "We will just have to live with it."
All of the families say the fact that the two men are in heaven together eases the pain.
"When I found out that we lost Mike, it hurt me to know that Drew was still alive," said Kevin Perkins. "They're better together. One couldn't live without the other. There's no Drew without Mike, no Mike without Drew. That was just their motto. They ride together, die together."