WAVERLY, VA (WWBT) - It was an emotional night in Waverly on Monday as a community came together to remember three people who were taken too soon.
A sea of light and solidarity in Waverly, as this tight knit community came together for a candlelight vigil to show love and support for families who were torn apart less than a week ago..
"I feel like we needed to do this to let the families know that they're not in this alone," explained Tracy Thomas of the Incredible Women Social Club, one of the event's organizers.
A crowd of hundreds huddled close to three families and prayed for three lives taken too soon: Larry Turner, known to many as "FBI"; Devine Stringfield - his friends called him "D"; and the youngest victim, two-year-old Ian Lewis.
The three died when the trailer they were in was leveled by the storm.
Trenicka Stringfield lost not only her brother, but also her son. She was amazed by the support.
"It was awesome. It means a lot to me, everybody's been wonderful," said Trenicka Stringfield.
One by one, different pastors shared a message of hope. At the end, the victims' families released balloons into the air. A show of faith and togetherness in this devastating time.
"Times of tragedy and things like that's when everybody should come together, regardless, cause you never know when it could knock at your door," said longtime resident Mae Mason.
This community is vowing to stick together long after the news crews are gone and the trash and wreckage of the storm have been collected.
In a show of solidarity, they're using #waverlystrong.
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