In a statement, the girls’ parents Roger and Bonita Bott thanked medics who had tried to save their children. "Our kids died living life on the farm," they said. “It is a family farm. We do not regret raising and involving our kids Catie, 13, Dara, 11, Jana, 11, on our farm. It was our life."
The family's pastor, Brian Allan, added: "This is what they really loved to do. If there is something to be said for a family working together was the bonding." Authorities said the girls had been playing on the grain truck when they somehow suffocated in the seed.