Colleton County community remembers three teens killed in crash at vigil

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COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A community in Colleton County is mourning when graduation celebrations would usually be underway.

On Thursday night a candlelight vigil was held for three Colleton County teens killed in a wreck on Wednesday night.

Tykeem Johnson, Jashawn Brown, and Jakeem Pinckney died in the crash on I-95 in Jasper County.

There is one survivor who is in serious condition, O'Shay Wiggins

Hundreds of people came out from the community to share memories of the teens.

Students, family members and friends of the the young men gathered in a circle around candles and memorial posters dedicated to each person who passed.

The teens were involved in sports including basketball. They were a part of the Colleton County Cagers AAU Basketball team. The team was getting ready to play in a Championship game this weekend in Charleston. They'll now be playing with heavy hearts.

Jay Davis is the Director of Operations for the Carolina Cagers.

"People gravitate to them in regards to their demeanor and how they carried themselves, it's a hard pill to swallow especially for our youth because even our younger kids looked up to them,"  Davis said.

The boys were described as a fun group you would always find together, they loved to laugh and loved to joke.

Coaches and teachers from Colleton County High School also came and spoke out about the young men. There was unity displayed on the track field during this time of loss.

Jamoni Sanders is friends with the teens. She organized the vigil and was surprised by the outpouring of support.

"Last night I couldn't sleep when I got the news and I still haven't slept," Sanders said. "So the only thing I could think about is, might as well bring everyone together. Everyone is on Facebook talking about it."

Everyone who came out walked three laps around the track in memory of three young men.  Ministers also prayed for this community and the other teen who was also in the car at the time of this incident and is now in the hospital.

"People brought their graduation hats out here, sat it upon these boys," Sander said.  "These boys just graduated last Saturday, they didn't even make it a whole week, they had plans, plans that didn't get fulfilled."

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