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Family and friends remember Marksville victims at candlelight vigil

Posted: 10:11 PM, Jan 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-07 23:17:15-05

The Marksville community is continuing to mourn the five children who died in a crash last week on their way to Disney World. Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil at Marksville High School’s football stadium, just across the street from the church the victim’s belonged to.

A banner with the victim’s pictures and names were the focal point of the services. While the families mourn, they’re surrounded by love and family support.

The pastor of Avoyelles House Of Mercy called into the vigil on Monday night.

“I still don’t know how a heart can hurt so much and still work,” Pastor Descant said through tears.

Families also released balloons for each child who died in the fiery crash. Special wreaths were made for each victim as well. The cousin of Joel Cloud expressed her pain at the vigil.

“It hurt a lot. It really did. To lose a cousin and a friend at the same time… it sort of crushed my heart,” Ariyanna Paul said.

Community members say the candles they lit shined a light they need during this dark time. Many of the family members cried out, simply asking for tears.

“To see all of these people that actually don’t even know them, just come here and just show them that yall care for them,” Paul said.

Funeral arrangements are still pending for the five victims.