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George County community remembers 3 young lives lost

A beautiful celebration took place Tuesday night to remember three lives lost too soon: siblings Jean Dixon, 7; Terra Dixon, 9; and Spencer Havard, 16. A beautiful celebration took place Tuesday night to remember three lives lost too soon: siblings Jean Dixon, 7; Terra Dixon, 9; and Spencer Havard, 16.
Grief counselors have been on hand at Central Elementary School to help not only students, but faculty, as well. (Photo source: WLOX) Grief counselors have been on hand at Central Elementary School to help not only students, but faculty, as well. (Photo source: WLOX)
The playground where the girls once played has been turned into a makeshift memorial.  (Photo source: WLOX) The playground where the girls once played has been turned into a makeshift memorial.  (Photo source: WLOX)
The George County School District organized the vigil to unite the community as they cope with this tragedy. (Photo source: WLOX) The George County School District organized the vigil to unite the community as they cope with this tragedy. (Photo source: WLOX)
GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Paper bag lanterns lined the path to the Central Elementary School playground where a large crowd gathered to remember the lives of Terra Dixon,9, Jean Dixon,7, and their brother Spencer Havard, 16.

Music filled the air as members of the community filed in. Pastor Dennis Laughlin, whose daughter was one of Jean's classmates, led the memorial service with prayer and words of comfort.

"I believe that this tragedy, it has the potential like many others in history, to cause us to pull together and to build up this community and to build up each other," said Dennis Laughlin who pastors Lucedale Church of God.

At times the sound of weeping children filled the air. Parents held them tightly, trying to help them process the tragedy that transpired. Bruce McKenzie who pastors Shady Grove Baptist Church says the girls would attend their youth group activities on Wednesday nights.

"I just remember them being lot of smiles, very kind, and just excited to be at church. Talking with some of the family members the past couple of days they've remarked how much they loved coming to church on Wednesday nights," said Pastor Mckenzie.

The memorial was well attended, but the large crowd was to be expected for such a close-knit community struggling to cope with this tragic loss.

"This is what we do. We come together as a community and love on each other. It doesn't matter what nationality or where you're from. When things, horrible things happen, we rally together as a community and love on people that's what we're about," said Pastor Mckenzie.

Donations for the victim's family can be dropped off at Central Elementary School in Lucedale, Mississippi.

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