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Community holds vigil for 2-year-old, 4-day-old killed in Fayetteville

Posted April 1
Updated April 2

— Dozens of people gathered around a grieving mother at a vigil Saturday evening for two little girls killed in Raeford on March 25.

Serenity Freeman was 2 years old, and her sister, Genesis Freeman, was just four days old when their bodies were found last week inside an abandoned car on the side of the road in Hoke County. Authorities said they were stabbed to death.

Authorities arrested the children’s father, Tillman Freeman, and charged him with two counts of murder.

Family said the girls' mother, Candice Freeman, is taking this extremely hard.

“It was a beautiful thing to see so many people care out of the kindness of their heart about the tragedy of these babies,” said Marvina Smith, the girl's aunt.

This community says when something like this happens to one of their own, they all feel it.

"There’s nothing I can do to mend her pain,” Smith said. “There’s nothing I can do because I feel her pain."

The community vowed to uplift and support this grieving family. And in a show of love and solidarity, balloons were let go into the sky for the little girls taken much too soon.

“If I couldn’t just get one wish on this earth I would wish to take all my sister’s pain away from her,” Smith said.

This vigil was put on by Sheriff Hubert Peterkin and community members.

Tilman Freeman is in jail facing two murder charges.

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  • Pam Snyder Apr 3, 8:53 a.m.
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    I'm so sorry for what this won an is going through. Worst pain we ever feel as humans is losing our child before us....ESPECIALLY in such an awful way and by a person we loved. God bless that family and this family sending prayers