Pentecostals of Gainesville says it will pay for burial plots of 5 children killed on I-75

A Night of Hope and Healing at the Pentecostals of Gainesville/WGFL

The Pentecostals of Gainesville announced during a memorial service Sunday night that it will pay for the burial plots of five children killed in a crash on I-75 near Gainesville Thursday.

The church announced it's paying for the plots during an "A Night of Hope and Healing" to remember the children who were killed when their church van, along with a semi, collided with another semi and car that crashed through the median into the southbound lanes. The children, all members of the United Pentecostal Church's Louisiana District, were on their way to Disney World in Orlando.

“Our church has decided that we want to buy the burial plot of all five of the children. So we are going to be doing that. If you want to get on board with that you are welcome to," Pentecostals of Gainesville Pastor Jimmy Toney said.

Toney said they will continue to do everything in their power to keep the displaced families comfortable, including repaying them for any money lost in the crash and paying for plane tickets home.

The uplifting service was marked with singing and a celebration of the children's lives.

“There’s no way that we can put into words the measure of sorrow that anybody could feel at a time like this, so the strength that we gain from one another just can’t be measured and I think it is a very important thing that we join together," said church member Steve Boyd.

You can watch a live stream of the service here.

The two truck drivers also died in the crash.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly reported what the church is paying for. It is paying for the burial plots. We apologize for the error.


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