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It is a child's grief.

'The hardest part has probably been just accepting that they're gone... accepting that I'm not going to be able to touch them again or see them again,' said CoryDixon.

It's that mourning... that sadness... thatDixon has been forced to feel four times over.

'I see them everywhere I go. Everything [reminds] me of them,' he said.

Dixon's mom, LeAnn Miller; stepfather Mike Miller; and two younger siblings, Zoey and Miles; were traveling back to Texas on August 8 when, police say, a sleepy wrong-way driver slammed into their van head-on along Highway 550 near Bloomfield in northern New Mexico.

In an instant,Dixon lost his family.

He had just hung up with his mom minutes before the crash.

'I was the last person to talk to my mother,' he said. 'Got to tell her that I loved her.'

Brian Lee, the 24-year-old driver responsible for the crash, survived. New Mexico State Police report that he still hasn't been charged, but that the investigation is ongoing.

Dixon, a 24-year-old basketball player and recent graduate from the University of New Orleans, is overwhelmed to see how much his family meant to so many.

'I see a whole city grieving,' he said, adding that 700 people came to a celebration for his family after the accident.

The Miller family won't soon be forgotten in Argyle. But there's a movement afoot to ensure that never happens.

Dixon is working to expand and grow the playground at Hilltop Elementary School, where both his sister and brother went. He and the school district hope to put in new equipment and a plaque honoring the family.

You can help by going to Chase Bank and donating to the Argyle MemorialFund set up by CoryDixon. Bank customers can also use Chase QuickPay to contribute to Dixon.Cory@ymail.com.

'We're trying to keep them alive through the things they loved to do,' he said.

The family will be buried Thursday at a private ceremony.

E-mail lzakalik@wfaa.com

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