Community gathers for candlelight vigil

Students, parents, and members of the community met to pray for the families impacted by a deadly wreck.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 10:54 PM
Updated: May 1, 2018 9:54 AM

On Monday, students, parents, and members of the Wilson High School community came together to pray for the families impacted by a tragic car accident that took three lives and hospitalized two more in St. Florian last week.

They gathered at the Florence High School soccer fields for a candlelight vigil, and to pray for the families of 16-year-old Tyler Nelson, 16-year-old Coby Hines, and 17-year-old Braden Turner.

16-year-olds Kate Boggus and Kaylee McGee survived the accident but are in the hospital.

McGee’s family told WAAY 31 she had a tough day today, but is making improvement.

Boggus’ friends told the crowd Kate’s condition is also improving.

Students said it’s important to keep everyone involved in the accident in mind, including the families.

"They need people caring about them and praying for them and just being there for them, cause they're going through a hard time as well,” said Anna Kate Manion, a Wilson High School senior.

Students also said the tragedy is making them tonight think about how valuable and fragile their lives can be.

Kaylee McGee’s dad said they’re appreciating the support.

“We can’t thank the community enough for the prayers. We’ve felt them.”

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