Candlelight vigil held for teen brothers killed in accident
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV)On Tuesday night several hundred people packed the track field at Hanahan High School, mourning and celebrating the lives of two brothers, Kelvin and Matthew Richardson.
"I still can't believe it happened. It's still not getting through my head that it actually happened," said Myla Young, a classmate of Kelvin.
The teens were killed Sunday after the jeep they were traveling in struck a tree on Cainhoy Road. Family members say they were on their way to Stewart Chapel United Methodist Church in Huger, a church their grandmother attends.
"Kelvin tonight is running to the final finish line and running into the arms of Jesus," said his coach.
Kelvin, 17, was a junior at Hanahan High and ran track. His brother Matt, 19, was a former football player at the school.
"They really meant something to this community," said Laycie Gwinn, the vigil's organizer. "They're not just a couple of other kids that died."
Family members say both brothers shared a love for music. Kelvin played drums and Matt played the piano.
"If there was ever an opportunity to play a melody or sing a song that would bring a smile to someone's face, you could count on them," said their cousin, Curtis Richardson.
Despite their grief, the family takes comfort in knowing that their loved ones are in a better home and have the support of a community behind them.
"I've never seen anything like this. It's real comforting knowing that everybody loves and support us," said the brothers' cousin, Shawn Richardson. "The family is in pain but it's comforting knowing that they are in a better place, knowing they lived a life for the lord, knowing they're going to be in heaven resting in peace."
As students signed notes to the loved brother, they lit candles for two young men who clearly left a lasting impression on the Hanahan community.
The funeral service for the two brothers will take place this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hanahan High.