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Community celebrates life of Da'Vieona Hamilton at vigil

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Nine-year-old Da'Vieona Hamilton was killed in a suspected DUI crash on I-26 last week.

On Saturday the community came together near Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston for a candlelight vigil. Family and friends of Da'Vieona Hamilton set out for Saturday be a celebration for their princess. Many of them sharing their favorite memories.

Many described her as one of kind, funny, and helpful with a beautiful smile. A family friend, Lovely Brown organized the vigil.

"I wanted to support her and her family," Brown said. "Have them feel good about something at a time like this in their life."

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg was there with his wife to comfort the family.

"Every time it happens it seems so senseless, so senseless," Tecklenburg said

State Representative Wendell Gilliard and others also encouraged people to not drink and drive. A representative from Mom's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) provided bracelets with the message.

Da'Vieona's 12-year-old sister, Nautica, who was also involved in the car accident was at the vigil after being in the hospital for several days.

"It made the family connect together closer," Nautica said. 

Though this community is dealing with this loss, they shared a special dance for Davi. They say she loved to dance. Her mom, Tenisha Gibbs, is thankful for the community support.

"I love everyone I thank y'all and we are going to get through this," Gibbs said.

There were also a praise dance, songs, poems read and a motivational speaker at the celebration.

A total of six vehicles were involved in the accident and six people were taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver, Dale E. Yarborough, was charged with felony death with DUI, reckless homicide and three counts of felony DUI with bodily injury.

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