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Vigil for family killed in Nicholasville crash

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Hundreds gathered to honor five of the six victims who died in a horrific car crash on U.S. 27 in Jessamine County Thursday night.

A candlelight vigil was held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday for the Hibbard family at the city county park in Nicholasville.

Steven and Shaila Hibbard and their three children, James Phillips, Alyssa and Kylee all died in the crash.

"To lose the entire family in a tragedy, it leaves you numb and almost speechless," said Kimberley Turner, a family friend.

Family and friends of the Hibbard family organized the vigil to bring people together in prayer during this hard time. It's a tragic loss for those close to them. And Nicholasville Police even call the accident horrific.

Organizers prepared a balloon release, lighting of candles, and prayers to mourn the loss of the family killed. Still grieving but concentrating on celebrating these lives that were taken too soon.

"i think they would want us to celebrate. They would. And Steven would probably be freaking out right now, seeing how many people are here," said Brandy Tolson, a family friend. "I'm just glad that this town has come together for him and his family. It means a lot to everybody."

Many there just prayed for peace as they said their goodbyes and came to terms with this terrible loss.

"They were a family here. They are a family there. And that's the only thing I think is going to keep us okay is knowing that he's got his family and Shaila has hers," said Tolson.


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