Tarrant County families grieve after Panhandle crash

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 1:01 AM

It's a tradition. Every summer, "Texas," the outdoor musical drama in Palo Duro Canyon, takes the stage.

But on Tuesday, the stage went silent.

The show was canceled after five members of the troupe — including Eric Harrison of Fort Worth and Julian Arredondo of Haltom City — were killed in a crash on a Panhandle highway Monday night.

“He didn't call me last night, and I said, 'He'll call me today,'” said Julian’s mom, June Bush.

Bush never got the call from her son, and the one she did get broke her heart.

"I told my pastor, 'I can't believe they took Julian from me,'" she said.

Julian, 24, attended Haltom High School and graduated from TCU in 2011. He was in his third year with the musical.

He was planning to come home Sunday to join the Lone Star Ballet.

His mom told News 8 Julian started performing in elementary school. She has saved every program from all of his shows.

"Just his talent and his love for everybody and his love for God," Bush said. "He had a sense of humor. He was down to earth, and a good kid."

Eric Harrison also shared the same passion for his faith and the arts. The 21-year-old West Texas A&M student, who went to Fossil Ridge High School in the Keller ISD, worked in the "Texas" box office. His mom, Debbie Arnett Harrison, told News 8 that the family has been overwhelmed with support.

"As you could probably tell, Eric was loved by everyone whose life he touched," she wrote. "He was a vibrant, good Christian young man with a very bright future. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his family."

Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation executive director Kris Miller told News 8 that Harrison was very special to the cast members and a strong part of the team.

Two Tarrant County families are now planning funerals, both aching for one more call... one more hug.

Julian's mom urged other parents to hug their children. "You never know when they are going to be gone," Bush said. "I never dreamt that Julian would come home, gone."

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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