Community vigil held to remember teens killed in Laurens Co. crash


LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A vigil was held Sunday to remember two teens killed in a Laurens County crash this week.

Madison Simmons and Jasmine Peake were described as inseparable, always together, laughing, and enjoying every moment.

Both were high school students in Laurens County, whose lives were taken too soon in an ATV crash on Thursday.

The two cheered for the Clinton Little Devils Association.

President of the association, Anette Lee says, “It was just a beautiful bond. Just like everyone said they never saw color. It didn’t bother them that they were from different families, they were bonded like sisters.”

One speaker at the vigil said, “We don’t have words for things like this, but we know there’s comfort in God.”

The accident happened at 4:40 P.M. on Milton road in Joanna, according to South Carolina Highway patrolmen, trooper Joe Hovis.

Hovis said a tractor-trailer was traveling south on Milton road.

The ATV was traveling west on Pickens street and was trying to cross Milton road when it struck the tractor-trailer.

Sunday friends and family of both Simmons and Peake gathered together.

“The community has always pulled together when there’s tragedy,” Lee said.

Adding, “There must’ve been something extremely special about those two girls, that their death could impact so many different people with so many different backgrounds, to come out and communicate together.”

Simmons was laid to rest before the prayer vigil on Sunday

Details for Peake’s service have not been publicized.

Both families have a go fund me set up to help with the funeral costs.

Click here for Madison’s.

Click here for Jasmine’s.

(Source: Madison’s family)

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