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Family, friends hold vigil for kids killed in car crash

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A crowd of dozens came to a Clayton County street corner tonight to honor two children killed in a fatal car crash.

Clayton County investigators spent the day recreating the accident that killed the two Hamrick children, 6-year-old Jayona and 5-year-old JAaron. Their mother, Jazmine Hamrick, was behind the wheel. Wednesday night she sat at the center of a candlelight vigil.

“She is a very hard-working mother," said Regina Keeton. "She worked two or three jobs to take care of her children.”

Added family friend Michael Watts, “She won’t ever see them again, and that’s just hurtful … ‘cuz if I lost my kids, that would be devastating.”

On Wednesday Jazmine Hamrick drove her car through a stop sign onto Highway 138. A truck crashed into Hamrick’s car and hit the two children. They died that night.

Investigators are looking into Hamrick’s claim that her brakes failed. Community members shared concern about the danger inherent in turning onto the highway. But Wednesday night saw not questions but candles, balloons, and embraces.

“You just gotta move forward in life, even though it brings you down the most,” said Watts.

“She’s really distraught," said Theone Jackson. "It’s just something that she can’t believe, and you know, she’s wondering why her kids and not herself.”


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