Community vigil celebrates lives of children swept away in Smithfield flood

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WTVD) -- Smithfield community members have gathered to remember the lives of Alexa and Abraham, who died after being swept away in Johnston County floodwaters earlier this week.

The celebration of life is taking place at the Smithfield Flea Market.

Body of 4-year-old boy found 30 yards from sister after both were swept away in Smithfield flash flood
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Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell confirmed search crews found the body of 4-year-old Abraham on Thursday morning. That news came just over 12 hours after crews found the body of his sister, 5-year-old Alexa.



Flash flooding swept a car off the road earlier this week in Smithfield. Rescue crews saved the driver, one of the children's mothers, but Alexa, 5, and Abraham, 4, were swept away in the floodwater.

Alexa's body was found Wednesday. Abraham's body was found 30 yards away Thursday.

5-year-old Alexa (left), 4-year-old Abraham (right)



"We were hoping to have better news, but at least the family will be able to put some of a closure," Sheriff Bizzell said.

Members of the community said a prayer and released balloons. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.

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