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Vigil Held For Mesquite Teachers Killed In Texarkana Crash

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MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – Tragedy brought a group of educators together for a candelight vigil at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church Tuesday to honor two of their own.

Thirty-year-old Leah Eason had been an Assistant Principal at Black Elementary school.

Crystal Rees said Eason had once taught daughter.  “My daughter was very, very shy. She gave my daughter a voice and just instilled a love for learning in her,” said Crystal Rees.

Jim Eason, also 30, was a 5th grade teacher at Smith Elementary. The Easons and their one-year-old son, Luke, were killed in a collision with a flatbed trailer Saturday on I-30 just west of Texarkana.

Four-year-old Jace survived.  “I saw him,” Deidra Boykin said. Boykin is an aid at Florence Elementary.   “He looked good. He looked very good. Big brown eyes. Long eye lashes. Very, very sweet,” Boykin said.

The vigil, at Saint Stephen’s United Methodist Church, is right next to Florence Elementary, where Leah’s mother was a principal until her retirement at the end of this school year.

“Vicki Compton has been our principal for the last three years so we wanted to honor her through this as well. We were devestated to hear the news,” said Jennifer Keltner. Keltner is a teacher at Florence.

Members lit candles, read poems and sang Amazing Grace.   “We just felt very upset and so we wanted to do something,
not only to comfort the family but also to bring ourselves a little bit of peace,” Keltner said.

Little Jace, one of the aides said, will be living with his grandparents.

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