New Brockton holds candlelight vigil for victims involved in car accident


NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — New Brockton High School showing Gamecock pride as they come together for a candlelight vigil to remember the two students (Paula and AJ Riley) who lost their lives in Monday evening’s car accident as well the others who were injured.

The accident took place on Highway 84.

“This shows that New Brockton High School is a school that loves their kids and community and when things are down they come together and work together,” Principal Alonzo Barkley said.

At the candlelight vigil, there were a lot of tears shedding and tight comforting hugs. New Brockton’s Principal Alonzo Barkley and a nearby pastor gave words of comfort followed by a moment of silence and prayer before lighting candles in remembrance of the students who tragically lost their lives.

“I just think its bullcrap that everything you built up, your life and existence is just taken away because somebody made a stupid decision. It helps nobody it hurts everybody but themselves, he’ll get what he deserves,” Alex Chancellor said.

Students, family, and friends shared what the victims meant to them.

I ain’t really no AJ but I knew Paula. We were in kindergarten together she was really nice and never been in a bad mood,” Coston Wyatt said.

“He had a really big impact on us he was a close friend and loveable guy. You sit with him and the whole room lights up ya know,” Ryan Hussey said.

Students say although they may be gone they will never be forgotten. The two students will always hold a special place in their hearts.

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