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K and J Foundation spreads seat belt awareness at JZ 94.5 Annual Children's safety fair

Butterflies released for Jameel and Kiara Pearse. (Photo source: WLOX) Butterflies released for Jameel and Kiara Pearse. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

It's been 10 years since the death of Kiara and Jameel Pearse; two teenagers killed in a car accident after being ejected from a car

The tragedy was Brian and Yvette Pearse's worst nightmare. 

"The fact that we had to lay our children to rest in a double funeral because of the fact that they got behind the wheel of a car and decided not to wear a seat belt," said Brian.

Brian and Yvette created the K and J Foundation in an effort to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

"We focus mainly on seat belt safety, but we also talk about distracted driving, texting and driving, eating and driving, drinking and driving. All those things come into effect when you're driving," said Yvette.

The two advocates spread the message of seat belt awareness at the 3rd annual JZ 94.5 Children's Safety Fair in Gulfport on Sunday. 

"Here at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, safety is our number one priority. So having all the families out here to share today is something that we is important to the community and is important to us," said Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Executive Director, Cindy Defrances

The Pearse's even had a special ceremony dedicated to the memory of Kiara and Jameel, releasing 100 butterflies into the air. 

"It's healing, and it also brings the community out and helps them remember that butterflies are beautiful and they go through a metamorphosis to evolve their lives and we continue this to remember them," said Brian. 

The Pearse family will continue to advocate for a change to seat belt laws. 

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