Family and friends of a father and daughter killed in a North Dakota crash are finding strength in one another in the wake of the tragedy.

“I miss my brother unbelievably, my niece,” Cameron Berry said yesterday.

Colin Berry, 43, and his daughter, Rachel Berry, 11, were killed Tuesday when their minivan crashed into a semi-trailer near Grand Forks, N.D. Lizyanet Berry, 43, survived the crash, and is recovering in hospital.

“Her body will heal, but the grief and the injury of heart are going to take a lot of time,” Jeremy Putz, pastor of the family’s Edmonton church, Central Baptist said.

The Berrys were en route to Toronto, bound for a flight home to Turkey where Colin, who was studying to become a minister, worked within the Christian community.

“I wish I could be with Lizyanet right now. I’m really at a loss of how to handle and deal with it,” Cameron said.

Central Baptist Church will hold a special service on Sunday to honour Colin and Rachel. A candlelit vigil may be held later this week, Putz added.