The Chattanooga, Tennessee, community is in mourning after five students were killed
in a horrific school bus crash on the way home from Woodmere Elementary School. Local and federal investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash, and say speed was likely a factor. Terrifying photos from the scene showed the bus wrapped around a tree on the law of a home. Several students were seriously injured and nearly two dozen were taken to the hospital, police said. The bus driver, Johnthony Walker
, has been arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, the Chattanooga Police Department says. Jasmine Mateen, who lost her 6-year-old daughter in the crash told CBS News
another one of her daughters who survived told her Walker said "Y'all ready to die?" to the kids before the crash. Police have not confirmed that account.
As the investigation into what happened continues, the shellshocked families of the victims have begun to identify the children killed in the crash. Fi of the children killed in the crash
were identified by family members on Tuesday: Cordayja Jones
, 9; D'Myunn Brown
, 6; Zoie Nash
, 9; and Zyaira Mateen, 6. Zyanna Harris
Click through the gallery to see photos of the victims and to read about the short lives they lived. This gallery will be updated as the victims are identified.
Click here to read more about the crash
and the investigation. (Photo via Mayor Andy Berke/Twitter)