Vigil Honors Hartsville Children Killed in House Fire

10:50 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Hartsville, SC (WLTX) When heartbreak hit the city of Hartsville two days ago, taking the lives of four innocent children, the mayor said this is a small city with a big heart. 

The evidence of that was seen tonight as hundred of friends, families and complete strangers attended a candlelight vigil to honor their lives.

"It's a sad occasion, words can not express, it's a sad occasion, " said Bridget Boyd, family member of the children.

"Just the fact their kids, they had their whole lives ahead of them, you know.  They were always smiling," said Chameka Benjamin, cousin of the children.

"When I saw their pictures," said Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington, "when I read their names, and then experiencing what we all experienced, it just kinda collided and became real very quickly." 

"It kinda makes me think about my own grand kids, and we should cherish life.  You never know whats going to happen," said Boyd.

"I was at a funeral today and the son gave the eulogy and he said, 'Drink the good wine first, don't save the good wine for last, live in the moment now because you never know when that moment will end'.  Drink the good wine first, I'm going to listen to that.  I'm going to go home and take that vacation that I want to take, I'm gonna love my kids and my wife and everybody else, because we just don't ever know, " said Pennington. 

Funeral arrangements for the children have been made for next Wednesday.  Investigators tell us the fire started in the kitchen but they are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.



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