MERRILLVILLE — As darkness descended on the patio at Villa del Sol restaurant, friends and co-workers of Lindsey Williams lit candles to remember her and her daughters, who were victims in a horrific crash last Thursday on Interstate 65 in Jasper County.

Pictures of Williams, 27, Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3, were illuminated as many stopped by to say quiet prayers.

The crash also claimed the lives of Lindsey’s sister Yvette Williams, her niece and nephew Jazmin and Jamin Osbourne and their uncle Armando Mangual, 49.

Lindsey Williams worked at Villa del Sol until recently, so it was an appropriate gathering place. She also drove a school bus as well. Co-owners Sergio and Cheryl Gutierrez donated all of Monday’s proceeds to the family to help with funeral expenses.

A public memorial service is scheduled for noon on Thursday at the Family Christian Center in Munster.

“We loved her dearly,” Sergio Gutierrez said.

The Williams’ father Gerald was emotional in dealing with the depth of the family’s loss.

“I wish my son was here; he’s my rock,” Gerald Williams said. “Thank you all for love, support and kind words.”

Indiana State Police said a preliminary investigation showed that the family’s Jeep was stopped behind a semi for work zone traffic at 9:52 p.m., when they were hit by a 2007 Volvo semi truck driven by Howard Stratton, 55, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Indiana State Police are investigating the crash, using accident reconstruction of the scene and evidence and witness statements from the crash. Police also will try to determine if the Volvo truck was in operating condition.

The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office will review information from the investigation once it is complete.