Candle-lighting ceremony planned to honor two Cleveland teens killed in crash

The Kumar family - Jenny, Ravi, David and Neal. Sons Ravi and Neal were killed in a tragic accident on Dec. 13 as the family traveled home from Cleveland to Kingwood. The Kumars, owners of Comfort Inn and Suites in Cleveland, have been a vital part of the Cleveland area for many years, so their tragedy has sent shockwaves through the community. (Photo courtesy of the David Kumar)

Community residents, friends and supporters of the Kumar Family of Cleveland are invited to a candle-lighting ceremony from noon to 7 p.m. Monday at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 1004 US 59 South, Cleveland.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, David and Jenny Kumar tragically lost their only children – sons Ravi and Neal – in a car accident as they were traveling home from their hotel business to their home in Kingwood.

As they stopped in a southbound lane of travel on US 59 due to a car fire ahead of them on the road, the Kumar family’s Toyota Camry was hit from behind by a commercial van, causing massive damage to the Camry’s back seat where Ravi, 14, and Neal, 19, were passengers. Ravi was killed instantly while Neal died at a hospital a short time later.

The candle-lighting ceremony is being organized by Wanda Campbell with the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Campbell is asking the community to show support for the family and honor for the memory of two promising young lives that ended too soon.

A limited supply of candles will be available, so people are encouraged to bring their own. The candles will be left inside the breakfast room of the Comfort Inn and Suites, which the Kumar family owns.

For more questions, call Campbell at 281-592-8786.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. OMG! Unimaginable loss! I am so sorry for the loss of your children! May God bless and keep giving you the strength and peace to deal with such a horrific situation !!

  2. I am heartbroken for this family losing two very gifted and promising young son’s. I Pray ๐Ÿ™ for God’s comfort, strength and understanding for this family both now and forever. Blessings to the Kumar family.

  3. We are deeply saddened at their loss. The boys were always so polite and courteous to all. They will be greatly missed.
    Prayers and condolences.
    LuAda and Michael Moore

  4. We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for comfort and peace at this time. We enjoyed talking to the boys over the years when we would stay at your establishment over the holidays. Sincerely, The Jackson and Grissom Families.

  5. It is a very sad and heart broken tragedy.It made us very sick. Accept my sincere condolences and my prayer goes to the family.

  6. Such a tragedy and we pray that God gives you strength during this difficult time… May God bless Neil and Raviโ€™s soul and they both RIP… Om Shanti… ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

  7. The news when I read them, one day after the accident, really made me sad. I could not even start to imagine the pain. May the love of family, friends, the community will be tools to heal the parentsโ€™ hearts. Grief continues. They, the parents, need to continue receiving support.

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