Candlelight vigil held for children who died in Hartsville fire

Hartsville fire victims remembered with candlelight vigil/Andrew Prue

The Hartsville community came together Friday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the four small victims of a mobile home fire.

Family members, friends, and community members gathered with lit candles at Centennial Park for the vigil, which was held by the City of Hartsville.

There were there to remember 10-month-old twins Myasia and Kynasia, 2-year-old Camaron, and 4-year-old Delonta.

The children died on Wednesday when their mobile home caught fire. The Darlington County Sheriff's Office says their mother, Hope Hawkins, 21, was not home at the time of the fire. She has been arrested and charged in their deaths.

Many people at the vigil Friday night say they can't believe the tragedy, but that the entire community is coming together in strength.

"I think in a small town like Hartsville it's one of our biggest strengths is this kind of support and the connectedness that we have," said Hartsville resident Casey Hancock.

The children's funeral is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Burial will follow at New Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.