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Dana Sowards Vigil

SPRINGFIELD -- A candle light vigil Saturday honored the woman killed in a crash earlier in the week, as a man fled from police.

31-year-old Dana Sowards died in that crash on the corner of Mount Vernon and Scenic. 

Police say Tommy Morris Junior crashed into Sowards while evading officers.     

He is charged with second-degree murder in the incident. 

The chase started after Morris allegedly struck an elderly man in a Price Cutter parking lot.

Friends, family, and even strangers gathered to recognize the life of Dana Sowards.

Dana's niece, Rhonda Lawson was touched by the outpouring of love for her aunt.

"There is quite a lot of family,"Rhonda Lawson says. "A lot of them are friends, a lot of them are family, some are just people from the community helping out." 

Dustin Sowards, Dana's husband, clutched his son and daughter as they knelt before the memorial for his late wife. 

Rena Lawson, the older sister Dana, said Dustin had not yet been to the scene where his wife lost her life. 

"He hasn't been here, this is the first time he has been here. The police picked him up straight from work and work and brought him to my moms house," said Rena Lawson. 

Before the rain began to come down, balloons went up in memory of the 31-year-old wife and mother of two. 

Sowards visitation will be Sunday night from 5-7 pm in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. 

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 pm in the funeral home with the burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


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