Candlelight vigil held for child killed in car accident

Candlelight vigil held for child killed in car accident

Dozens gathered at the site of a devastating crash carrying balloons and flowers Monday night.

Family and friends came together to remember Joshua McDowell, an 11-year-old boy who died after he was hit by a car Saturday afternoon.

Community members spelled out RIP Joshua in candles on the sidewalk.

Later that night, Memphis police confirmed that the second child hit in the crash, Darryl Howard, died Monday morning. Attendees were unaware of his death when the vigil started.

As young people brought stuffed animals to be nailed to a utility pole in memory of the victims, people sang hymns, released balloons, and extended sympathy to the mother of the second child now confirmed dead.

"We just want to let the mother know that we understand," said Joshua's aunt, Cynthia Taylor. "No mother wants to lose a life. We know that she loved her child as much as we loved Joshua."

One of the speakers at the candlelight vigil says the gathering was an expression of community love, and they will remember the children killed.

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