A Georgia state trooper responded to a car crash on Halloween that killed Donald and Crystal Howard, the parents of four young children. The couple had gone out to grab more face paint and candy, and their car ran off the road less than a mile from home. When the troopers went to their house, the four kids, ages 6-13, were waiting in their costumes. Trooper Nathan Bradley was with the county deputy and deputy coroner when they realized the kids were home alone awaiting their parents' quick return from the errand. After learning that their closest relative lived in south Florida, he decided that it would be unthinkable to deliver such devastating news followed by an all-night wait in the police station for their grandmother to arrive. He described the experience on a GoFundMe page set up to help the kids following the tragedy:

Sources: NPR