ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Friends, family, and strangers gathered at Sansbury Park in Roxboro Friday night to remember two girls killed in a traffic collision in Myrtle Beach July 21.
Dakota Shepherd, 11, and her cousin 9-year-old Skyler Emore were killed and several people were taken to area hospitals in the crash that shut down 17 Business.
At Friday’s vigil, many of Shepard and Emore’s friends came to pay their respects.
Delanie Clayton played soccer with Shepard.
“I hope she’s doing well up there,” Clayton said.
Tony Mills is a cousin to the victim’s family.
“You can see just looking around here that it’s not affected just the family, but the whole community. Every time Dakota hugged me, you could feel love permeate from that child’s body, she loved everybody,” Mills said.
According to Mills, Shepard’s older brother, Justin, 22, is recovering at a Myrtle Beach hospital from all of his surgeries.
The mother and father who were in the car were also hospitalized.
The father has since been discharged.