Community holds prayer vigil for bus crash victim

Community holds prayer vigil for bus crash victim

BEECH ISLAND, SC (WFXG) - Family and friends came together Thursday night to remember the preschooler killed in a school bus wreck.

Kyrie Henry, 4, was killed Wednesday after the school bus he was riding crossed the center line on Beech Island Avenue and hit a tractor-trailer.

The Beech Island community came together at the Second Baptist Church of Beech Island to honor the little boy who was taken too soon.

"He was always very happy all the time," said Kyrie's cousin, Triston Jones. "So, I will really miss him for that."

"[He was] bubbly, loved to laugh, loved to read," said Kyrie's aunt, Adraine Jones. "He loved Power Rangers and his favorite was the green ranger."

The vigil was organized by Courtney Paschal, who said even though she didn't know the family personally, it was her way to reach out and help.

"On Facebook you can comment and share, and we can do all that stuff. And I think as a generation we've become very impersonal," Paschal said. "So I thought 'How can we put feet to our words? How can we really show this family that it's more than just a status update? We're really here for you as a community,' and I thought, 'Hey, what about a prayer vigil?'"

"To see all the community support, this is really, this is love. This is real kind of love," Adraine Jones said.

"I know that they were here being supportive and they helped out a lot by being here today," Triston Jones said.

"There are people that - whether we know you or not - there's a community backing you," Paschal said. "There's a community that grieves for you and this community is praying for you."

"God gained another angel and we couldn't ask for nothing more," Adraine Jones said.

No word yet on funeral arrangements for Kyrie. People at the vigil collected money for what is being called a "love fund" to help the family with any expenses.

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