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Missionary family of 5 dies in fiery car crash

(People) A Minneapolis family of five was killed in a car crash on Sunday on their way to a training session in Colorado to become missionaries.

Jamison and Kathryne Pals, both 29, were passing through Nebraska with their three small children, Ezra, 3, Violet, 23 months, and Calvin, 2 months, when a semi-trailer vehicle rammed into the family’s minivan. Both vehicles immediately combusted – and the entire Pals family died at the scene.

“We knew they were leaving to go to training,” Kathryne’s father, Gordy Engel, tells PEOPLE. “But we didn’t anticipate it would be this forever separation.”