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Skylea united Grant County

The lawn next to Gas City’s public library overflowed with people and love Thursday to support Skylea Carmack’s family after news of her tragic death rocked the community Wednesday morning.

It was amazing to see dozens of people drop off teddy bears, flowers and candles throughout the day, causing the gifts to overflow toward the road from the fence adorned with balloons waving in the wind.

As dusk neared, hundreds of candles pushed skyward as supporters from near and far bowed their heads in prayer. Those candles later illuminated Carmack’s home, bringing light to the dark situation.

Tragic events are never good. But right from the start, the community of Gas City and Grant County came together united in a cause to help find a lost loved one.

In these times, it is important to remember that a community’s strength comes from how people respond to tough situations. While everyone in the world could always do more to spread kindness, neighbors must always step up in times of need.

This situation should act as a reminder to families across the county to spend time with their kin and neighbors.

On Thursday morning, another tragic event happened in Gas City with the loss of a home on the 100 block of Broadway Street.

This is yet another test of the community’s resiliency, but if we learned anything from this past week, we know the community will rally again.

Skylea will be remembered as a loving, 10-year-old child who brought a community together.

It’s up to us to learn and grow moving forward.