Community holds vigil for 6-year-old boy who drowned in creek

A vigil was held for Rylan Ferguson, the 6-year-old boy who drowned in a creek.

Members of the small community gathered to remember and heal together at Pasco United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. Monday. The candlelight vigil then took place at Fairlawn Local School at 7 p.m.

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“Being a school administrator for a number of years, it’s hard to lose someone,” Fairlawn Local School Superintendent Jeff Hobbs said.

Hobbs remembered Ferguson as adventurous, fun-loving, and full of life.

Counseling was available to students. Shelby County Crisis Center, people from the ministerial association, and law enforcement officers were at the school today and will be available tomorrow, Hobbs said.

“The family is not alone and has so many that care for them,” Pasco United Methodist Church pastor Nonito Dobles said.

Ferguson had been playing with a friend outside with Nerf guns when a portion of the ground under him gave way, causing him to fall into Mosquito creek Sunday night, according to deputies. His body was found by authorities Monday.

The community has only 675 students from grades pre-K through 12.

Ferguson attended Fairlawn Elementary School and had had three siblings who also attended the school.

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