Community Rallies Around Fallen Children

New Mt. Zion was packed with students, teachers, parents and more to pray for families, after separate incidents, left six kids from the school district dead.

"Ty'vaeh was the type of child who always smiled despite his disabilities," Lucretia Canty said.

Canty was one of many who sat in the pews of New Mt. Zion in Orangeburg. She lost her 6-year-old son last month. He hadmultiple health issues.

"It helped me cope with my son's death. As far as my son Ty'vaeh, I'm going to miss him, but I understand and I trust God he's in a better place and he is not suffering no more," Canty said.

The community gathered for a special service to honor those involved in recent string of tragedies. Like Brandon Robinson who was shot in his dorm room and Zion Toland who was hit by a pick-up truck.

"It's real tragic because kids' lives are being taken for no reason, nonsense," she said.

Canty says the love she felt was just what she needs in a time like this.

"They embraced me very well. By me being a single parent of young kids they actually put themselves in my shoes and they were there for me the whole, entire time" she said.

Although it was a somber occasion, there is much to rejoice.

"I think it's making Orangeburg County more stable to come together more as a whole, than people staying in their separate little hole," Canty said. "I think it's embracing us all."

The ceremony was hosted by Bootstraps Mentoring Foundation and churches around the area.


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