Monday night, over 1,000 people filed into the stadium at Marksville High School. A prayer service and vigil was head in memory of the five children killed in a fiery crash in Florida on Thursday.
The service consisted of a variety of speeches and prayer lead by community pastors, a balloon release and a candle light vigil.
“We have candlelight vigils because there is light in darkness,” said Congressman Ralph Abraham.
Principal at Marksville High School, Liza Jacobs said, “When the going gets tough, everyone rallies to come together to help one another.”
According to WGFL in Florida, The Pentecostals of Gainesville plan to pay for the burial plots of the children killed in the I-75 crash. The announcement came Sunday night during a memorial service for the victims.
Pastor Jimmy Toney of the Pentecostals of Gainesville said that anyone is welcome to help them with the costs and that they will continue to help the families however they can.
A GoFundMe page supporting the children’s families was created by a member of the group’s church Avoyelles House of Mercy in Louisiana. Donations can be made here.
Donations for the family of 10-year-old Brieana Descant, one of the youngest killed in the crash, can be made here.
Donations for the family of 14-year-old Joel Cloud, who also died in the crash, can be made here.
According to First Coast News in Florida, each of the campaigns are verified by GoFundMe, according to a spokesperson for the website.
The organization Pentecostals of Gainesville also started an online fund for all families affected by the crash. Donations can be made here.