Friends and co-workers remember Trent Roberts

(WBIR, Knoxville) Twenty-four-year-old Trent Roberts was the youngest victim killed in Wednesday's crash on Interstate 40.

He was the passenger in the back seat of the SUV that was crushed by the Front Street Baptist Church bus.

He grew up in the Powell Community and also graduated from Roane State Community College.

He worked at his family's business NOVA/TCB in Powell.

Co-workers and friends there say he was the prankster in the office and always making people smile.

"I know Jesus gave us a sense of humor because he gave us Trent," said co-worker Jeff Robbins.

Since the crash, employees there have gone through a mix of emotions.

"I didn't know that an eye had so many tears, and we've all shed our share of tears. And they'll be more," said Robbins.

Jonathan Troutman worked in the same office as Trent. He says Wednesday felt like a nightmare, but Troutman and the entire staff at NOVA/TCB are taking comfort in Trent's faith.

"None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, and he knew that. It's comforting to know that we'll see him again and that he is not in pain," said Troutman.

When employees found out, one of the first things they did was gather and pray.

"He understood where he was going. When his days here were over he knew exactly where he was going to be, and so did we," said Robbins.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Powell on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. There will celebrate his life in the same location at 2:00 p.m.


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