GASTON, SC (WIS) – A community in Gaston mourns the loss of Jaimey Greene, 20, and Jazzmyne Greene, 25, after being shot and killed on Monday.
“They were always beautiful,” said the sisters’ cousin Kelly Daniels. “Not just on the outside, but also on the inside.”
A prayer vigil was held Saturday evening on Woodcote Road in Gaston to honor the women who leave behind a loving family and three young children.
“Our family is folded, but we are not broken,” Kelly said. “We now recognize that for these adorable babies, we will stand together and protect them and we will love them fiercely and we will love them as their moms would love them and raise them to be just amazing humans.”
Neighbors say the tragedy comes as a surprise as the subdivision is described as a calm and tight-knit community.
“We try to take care of each other,” said neighbor Chris Linenberger. “It was just disheartening. It’s just something that doesn’t happen. And you pray that it never does.
Chris woke up to gunfire on Monday morning. He says he then walked to Jazzmyne and Jaimey’s house.
“I just saw all the police and emergency vehicles. I saw the pink quilt covering one of the ladies, ”Linenberger said.
Linenberger says he and his daughter, who has lived in the neighborhood for 14 years, are still in shock.
“I mean, I don’t know. It’s a lack of words, really. I just can’t – you know, we keep thinking about mother, father, daughters, babies and brothers, ”Linenberger said.
On Saturday night, Woodcote Drive and the streets leading from it were filled with cars parked bumper to bumper to watch the vigil. People continued to flock even long after the vigil began.
The sky filled with balloons as visitors called out the names of the sisters. A preacher reminded guests to be a support system for the family.
“Family with them. Encourage them. Help them through,” the pastor said. “What if it was your daughter (s)? Wouldn’t you want someone to be a blessing to you?”
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