Tracey Daugherty and her two boys Javon and Jadien were killed in a fire Monday morning in Wheeling, but the family, along with the community, wanted to remember the victims. So Thursday evening they gathered for a Candlelight walk.
Tears were shed, hugs were shared and candles burned as over 100 people gathered together to give love and support to a family that has lost so much.
“I’m just so grateful from the bottom of my heart I just know that the community, not just wheeling, but all over has come together and it just makes me feel so good,” Darlene Martin-Stradwick told 7News reporter.
Candlelight walk for mother and two sons from Monday’s fatal fire, just ended. Many emotions throughout, full story tonight on @WTRF7News pic.twitter.com/MRVBCC7adl— Nick Conigliaro (@NConigliaroWTRF) November 3, 2016
The candlelight walk this evening began by the JB Chambers recreation field and continued to the site of the tragedy where everyone remembered their selfless friend Tracy and her two rambunctious little boys Javon and Jaiden. The boys father John Ferguson was overwhelmed with the outpouring love given to him and his family.
“I’m speechless man, this just makes me better man to see the impact that Tracy and the boys had on just everything from school to the program to the community to the family,” Ferguson said. “To the impact they had on me it’s just…I’m just speechless man.”
The unexpected loss of Tracy, Javon and Jaiden was felt, not just by the family, but by classmates, friends and the community.
“Javon and Jadien both were chapel students and we loved them and this is taking away from us, but we’re gonna fill the gap with love,” said Reverend Daniel Mason of Laughlin Memorial Chapel.
The walk went a few blocks, but felt like miles as they came closer to the charred reminder of where the tragic incident took place.
“If you have kids make sure you kiss them and tell them you love them at night, do that for me,” said Ferguson. “Do it for me, make sure you kiss and tell them you love them at night.”
If you missed Thursday night’s event they are also holding a Balloon Prayer Visual for Tracey, Javon and Jadien on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4pm at the Laughlin Memorial Church.