Lightning victim's family will hold vigil

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Scotty Elam's family says they plan to remember him as a loving father of several young children when they gather at Triangle Park next Saturday evening. They say they also hope this vigil will serve as a reminder to his children about just how special he was.

Scotty Elam's family says his focus was on his children.

"He loves his children. He loves his children with all his heart," said Scotty Elam's wife, Ashley.

They plan to use a candlelight vigil next Saturday as a way to show them how much he loved them.

"We're going to have a book for each of the children, so anybody that wants to sign it or write down a memory, they will get that when they get old enough to understand," said Ashley Elam.

Elam was killed on Wednesday afternoon along with Bobby Maggard when the tobacco barn they were working in was struck by lightning.

"Scotty in his stubborn ways wouldn't get out of the barn. He said 'No ma'am, we can finish this job, we can get it done,' That's Scotty," said Regenia Elam, Scotty Elam's mother.

They hope to see a big crowd at Triangle Park next Saturday.

"The support on Facebook alone has been crazy. I didn't know that that many people knew him. It's just crazy," said Ashley Elam.

Elam's familiy said there will be a public visitation on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Main Street, followed by his burial at Paris Pike Memorial Gardens.

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