In an interview with KSTP, Rennie spoke about how his family is dealing with the tragedy and about the progress of the three surviving children.
Six people were in the car: Marion Guerrido and five children she and Rennie raised. Rennie's five-year-old daughter, Zenavia, and Guerrido's seven-year-old son, Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, died after the crash.
The Minnesota State Patrol is still investigating the incident and Guerrido, who was driving with only a learner's permit, hasn't been charged with a crime.
Watch Rennie speak in the video above or read our rundown of the memorable parts of the interview below:
- On fitting seven people into a Pontiac Grand Am sedan: "We just kind of were doing the best that we can. That's not how we wanted it to be. We have another vehicle, a Suburban, but it was down for repairs. Life works that way sometimes, it will catch you before you can get things in order."
- On how he's coping: "I'm doing, I'm living. It definitely helps to be in contact with people and go places, see things. I don't mind talking about the ordeal. Sometimes I like to keep it to myself and marinate over it, but for the most part it just helps to talk and be around others and know that people are concerned."
- On the surviving children: "There are developments, there are steps being made. With my oldest, Aliyana, for her personal privacy, I'd just like to let her do what she's doing. [Amani] is doing all right. He's running around like a typical little boy. People are amazed by it, I am too of course. He's spending a lot of time with family right now."
- On Zenavia, his five-year-old daughter who died after the crash: "She had an aunt who used to call her Miss Hollywood, she's a vibrant little girl. I didn't expect it to be like that. I always figured she'd grow up and be one of those deals, she would be a big deal. She's five and when she's walking through school, she has third, fourth and fifth graders waving to her, 'Bye' every day. She really attaches to people. "
- On his responsibility to the children: "All of them kind of entrusted us with their safety. It's nothing that was on purpose, but that safety was compromised. It makes me feel a little apprehensive. A lot of people are like, 'Don't question yourself,' but of course you're going to do that. It's kind of a natural response. I do take it one day at a time."