It should be a fun Christmas trip to Disney World for 14-year-old Jeremiah Warren and his friends from a church in this little town in Louisiana – "clean fun," as Warren's aunt described it. Then came the news of a fiery accident on a highway in Florida that killed seven people, including five children from the area who were on a church bus.
"We knew it had to be her," said Warren's aunt, Jacqueline Williams, sitting in the living room of her home in Marksville. She had just returned from the church on Sunday morning, where she had done the only thing she could: prayed.
"When they left, they looked for them to have fun and have fun, no one expected that to happen, she said.
The town has been a church bus since the news was announced The Avoyelles House of Mercy, located outside of Gainesville, Florida, was caught in a fiery two-wheeled accident on Thursday, which killed the two truck drivers in addition to the five children in the church car. Officials said at least eight others had been injured, some serious.
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A fifth car that did not escape chaos In a statement released on the Facebook page of United Pentecostal Church International, the Superintendent of the Louisiana district, Kevin Cox, said that a pregnant woman could pull, raced through the people who were thrown out of the van, and beat her was injured in the crash and her unborn child was stabilized. Cox also said that 50-year-old Ms. Karen, Pastor Eric Descants, was injured and his granddaughter was killed. Cox said there were a total of nine children and three adults in the church car.
Authorities identified the dead children as Joel Cloud and Warren, both 14; Cara Descant, 13; Briena Descant, 10; and Cierra Bordelan, 9. The relationship between the Descant girls and the pastor was not immediately available.
Williams described her nephew as a "carefree" boy; Warren and Cloud are best friends, she said, who lived across the street; Two of the girls killed lived on either side of her nephew, she said.
Marksville, the seat of the Avoyelles Parish, is home to only about 5,500 people, about 265 kilometers north of New Orleans. The small size of the city brought some personal connection to the tragedy – many people knew the families of the victims personally or knew friends and family members they knew.
As the news of the tragedy spread, people gathered at vigils or prayer service. Remember the children and pray for their families and the survivors. Dozens of people gathered on Saturday for a rosary in a Roman Catholic church. On Sunday morning, black ribbons hung from the doors of the Avoyelles House of Mercy, where community members gathered. On Monday, a candlelight commemoration will be held on the city's football field, where religious figures from the small community will speak.
Rev. Carolyn Fletcher, who presided over the Sunday service at the Marksville United Methodist Church. They said they raised money for the families and prayed for the victims and their families. During a church service in another city last Sunday, she and the community read the names of the victims.
"In every place you go, in every church you go to, in every restaurant you go to," she said
In the ministry of chapels, pastors Angela and Danny Hargrove said they were the ones to go to Open on Friday for people to gather and mourn; During the Sunday service, they prayed for the dead children and their families.
"If you're a parent or grandparent and have children, think about your own. What would you do?" Danny Hargrove said.
Williams pointed out how important it is to help people overcome the tragedy. She said they feel the pain of the other families who also lost people due to the accident.
"We are all family members," she said. "We also feel the pain of the other different families, and God is the only one who can bring us through and bring healing."
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