A young couple from Maryland died in a car accident on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be their first half-year wedding anniversary.
Dan and Kayla Amos were driving in Edgewater, Maryland, on Feb. 14 when a car accident took both of their lives. According to Anne Arundel County Police, a Toyota Camry crossed into the Amos’ lane and hit the car head-on. After the first collision, another vehicle hit the couple’s car from behind.
The couple was deeply loved and respected by their local community. They met in high school, and Dan fell in love almost immediately.
"He started dating her and a month in, it was literally a month in, he told me that he loved her," Matthew Wright, a friend of Dan’s, told WUSA News. "I thought it was the craziest thing, but he did."
"They were meant to be together," Daniel Palmer, an executive pastor at the Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, told The Capital Gazette. "All us old people said, 'You have to wait. You're too young.' We were proven wrong."
Dan and Kayla, who were 20 and 21 years old, were viewed as a perfect match by all who knew them.
"They just fit together," Wright told WUSA. "You couldn't imagine seeing one without the other."
"They were soul mates," Larry Patin, who officiated the couple’s wedding, said. "I don't know how she would've lived without him."
In Kayla’s final Instagram post, she wrote: "[C]elebrating Valentine's Day and a half year anniversary today with my husband! Totally unintentional, but I'm so excited to always be able to celebrate our love and our marriage on this day for the rest of our lives!"
As news of the death spread, the community mourned the young couple with a promising future.
"All of us are heartbroken," Palmer said.
"I wanted to have Dan hold my kids,” Nathan Hendrix, a longtime friend of Dan’s, said. "I wanted Dan to be the best man at my wedding. I wanted them to be there for all of that.”
Nevertheless, in the midst of their grief, they can still find solace.
"The only reason we can have peace and be settled, in or spirit, is that we know that Dan and Kayla are in Heaven and we're going to get to see them again one day,” Hendrix said.