Remembering fatal accident victims

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A community will come together for a candlelight vigil at West Side Park in Gulfport Thursday night to remember the four lives lost in a fatal car accident in Pearl River County last Saturday.

This past Saturday, 46-year-old Phenicia Chambers, 11-year-old Sa’Mya Magee, five-year-old Bryson Poole, and 11-year-old Me’Ori Le’Gier were killed after a head-on collision in Pearl River County. Thursday at 6 p.m., their lives will be remembered at a candlelight vigil at West Side Park in Gulfport. Family friend Jantail Thomas said, “I have been in contact with all four families and they appreciate me doing this, but I would do this for anybody that goes through this. This is a sad tragedy.”

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Phenicia Chambers was Bryson and Sa’Mya’s grandmother. Their mother, Julisha Poole, is severely injured and currently at the Forrest General Hospital. “We are never going to see those kids anymore. I had to do something. I couldn’t just sit around and not do anything,” said Thomas.

Thomas is a neighbor and close friend of Julisha Poole’s family. She tells News 25 Poole’s children would knock on her door bright and early to see if her children could come out and play. “Bryson was the first person you would see when you wake up in the morning. He was always outside bouncing a basketball. We are going to miss that.”

Thomas encourages the community to show support. She will hand out balloons to the immediate family with the children’s favorite colors. She will also have donation boxes to help the families and for 12-year-old survivor Vakhia Abrams who was also severely injured. “Those kids will never have their first dance or walk the stage. We as grown people lived our lives. Those kids haven’t live their life at all,” said Thomas.