LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – It was a gloomy Monday night for part of the Lexington community.
Dozens of people gathered to honor two children, Skyler and Deon Williams, killed a week ago at Parkway Manor Apartments on Rogers Road.
Local church pastors, teachers and dozens of community members came to release balloons for the two children and celebrate their lives. They prayed, asked for peace and sang songs in search of solidarity and spiritual support.
Cerise Bouchard taught Skyler at Mary Todd Elementary and said losing Skyler was like losing your own child.
“Like most students, she was excellent most of the time, and often difficult too,” Bouchard said.
But she found solace in the way people came together in troubling times.
“It’s good for me to know that there was and is a caring community around Skyler and Deon and their family,” Bouchard said.
Terry Lewis helped organize the wake and spoke about the importance of providing these spaces for people to grieve, heal and say goodbye to two wonderful children.
“Everyone needs an opportunity to come together to love crying. We can have those emotions and not be judgmental,” Lewis said.
Lewis says Faithpointe Church, which is just around the corner from the Parkway Manor apartments, plans to hold monthly events and continue to tie the knot of this community.
After Deon and Skyler died, mental health counselors stepped up to help communities process and mourn the loss.
“The grieving process, which usually starts with shock and disbelief. So it could take a long process and it takes as long as it takes to heal from tragedies like this,” the clinical social worker said. Tomerial Brooks approved.
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