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Family says man killed in Roanoke River crash 'had the biggest heart'

Roanoke police identify man found dead inside submerged car

ROANOKE, Va. – A family is mourning the loss of a young man after he died last weekend. 

Allison Crotts wants to remember the good memories about her cousin instead of the tragic way he died.

"I'm going to remember him as the funny, joking person he was. His jokes could make you laugh when you were inside the room. The warm hugs and the nice smile," said Crotts. 

Her cousin was just 24. Police say Mark Crotts was found dead inside this SUV underwater in the Roanoke River on Saturday. Allison and her family are sticking together through this difficult time.

"We are a strong family. Us Crotts are very strong. And it will take time and he is in a better place than where we are," said Crotts. 

Allison said Mark worked two jobs and was the nicest person with the biggest heart. 

"It's very hard and scary to think about us being the same age and he's gone. And he will live in our hearts forever and he will be missed by so many," said Crotts. 

There are few details as to exactly how the incident happened. But Roanoke police are still investigating.

Crotts was employed at B P Roy Construction LLC. They sent WSLS 10 this statement: 

We are still coping with the loss of our friend, teammate, and co-worker. Mark was introduced by Parks, who has worked for us for over a year and who is his best friend. Mark was the perfect addition to our team, he was smart, funny, brought a good light feel to the crew on intense working days, he knew how to make us smile and wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He was so full of life and shared his desires for the future with us. Our crew feels incomplete without him, today especially, after coming back to work after learning of his passing.  Although only with us a short time, he just fit in like he had been with us forever. Our hearts are deeply broken.