On Monday night, a vigil is being held to honor the lives lost.
21-year-old Ashton Standing Bear, 30-year-old Tawni Wilcox who was six months pregnant, 7-year-old Jaceya Cummings, 5-year-old Micah Cummings and Devin Conquering Bear were all killed in a crash Saturday evening.
The car the victims were riding in hit a semi-tractor trailer head-on on Highway 44 between Interior and Wanblee, SD.
“Wanblee is a really strong community and we’re very supportive. Most of us have grown up there. The families that are there, we spent our entire lives doing many things together. So I’m not surprised at all by how our community has rallied around the families and it’s impacted so many of us,” said event organizer, Pauletta Red Willow.
Red Willow is helping organize the vigil on Monday night. There will be prayers, dinner, and counseling for those mourning.
“The school counseling team and the Rosebud Episcopal Church group are coming to provide counseling for the community tonight and tomorrow. They’ll open the school and if anybody needs anything the Wanblee Health Center also has a Behavioral Health Department that can assist with counseling for the community,” said Red Willow.
The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee. If you would like to bring food for the dinner, arrive by 6:30 p.m.
Red Willow says they are not collecting money at the event tonight, however some family members of the victims will be setting up a fund online.
We will share that information as soon as it is available.