'They were really good people,' dozens gather at vigil to remember Douglas-Rouse family


Dozens gathered Saturday night for a vigil remembering the Douglas-Rouse family.

Five members of the family were killed in a car crash last Friday.

Darlington’s Mayor Pro-Tem Carolyn Bruce and Salon 316 planned the vigil to get the community together.

They had five white balloons, five white candles burning throughout the program and everyone who attended lit a candle.

Local pastors and community leaders offered words of encouragement and students in the Darlington High School Gospel Choir sang.

Staff and students from Darlington Middle School spoke about Nykeisha Rouse, who they said they called 'Smiley.'

A family member of one of the victims still in the hospital passed out blue ribbons in her honor.

It was a time to grieve together.

Mayor Pro-Tem Bruce said she didn’t know the family personally, but knew they had an impact on the community.

"To support this family regardless if you knew them or not. They’re pain is our pain we’re all one community and we share in their pain," Bruce said.

Deanna Williamson works at Salon 316 and said Leonard Rouse was one of her softball coaches growing up, and his oldest daughter is a classmate.

"It does good that we’re able to support her and give her the physical support and also the spiritual support that she’ll need to get through this time. They were really really good people so the community will mean a lot to them," Williamson said.

The funeral for the victims is Sunday at Darlington High School at 1 p.m..

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