Communities in Fulton, Kosciusko counties unite in face of tragedy

Three kids were killed getting on their bus Tuesday in Fulton County // WSBT 22 photo

When tragedy strikes, people come together.

There will be a vigil Friday for Alivia Stahl, and her brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle.

WSBT 22 talked to people in Mentone about Friday night's vigil and their reactions to this tragedy.

Kosciuscko and Fulton counties are coming together to put on this vigil.

People are hurting but say they know they have the whole community by their side during this tough time.

“I just was in shock. First of all I thought, Oh, the poor parents losing three children at one time.”

The town of Mentone is still in shock after three kids were hit and killed and one severely injured while walking to their bus on Tuesday morning.

“I was hoping it was someplace else – a misunderstanding, because my sister and I had worked in the elementary school for a brief amount of time,” said Elyza Oswald, the co-owner of a bookstore in Menton.

She is saddened by this tragic event, but she is happy her small town can come together and be supportive of one another during the worst of times.

“It’s not the first time we have been touched by tragedy, and it’s wonderful that as a small town we all circle in together and comfort each other and try to be there for one another.”

Kosciuskco and Fulton counties are coming together Friday for a candlelight vigil at Mentone Youth League.

“It is such a small community and we affect each other’s lives, and I hope that everyone will gather around their families and the poor woman who is struggling with her own side of it,” said Jenny Dailey. She isa a mother, and she says tragic events like these always remind her to put everything into perspective.

“It’s always a very real reminder that life is fragile and that it is short and it is so precious. It’s a great time to look in their faces and remember and focus and show love when you could show hurt.”

The candlelight vigil will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mentone Youth League Baseball Stadium. It was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but was postponed due to weather.

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