Community reaction from Chunky on fatal accident

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CHUNKY, Miss. (WTOK) -- Chunky is a classic southern small town. About 300 people live here inside the city limits, and most everyone knows most everyone else. Most of the people in this community knew the families affected by this tragedies, and they are in mourning.

Chunky United Methodist Church (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

"I knew of one of the victims," said Becky Blake, a resident of Chunky.

Becky Blake didn't know the victims of Monday night's tragic accident well, but in this small town, where everyone knows everyone to some extent, it's still an incredibly emotional situation for her.

"I just don't have the words to express the... there's not enough words to express what has happened," said Blake.

Instead like many people here, she is turning to a universal language... prayer. She and her husband changed the sign at Chunky United Methodist Church to express what many here are feeling: Lord hear our prayers.

This is the second time in a month this small community has been hit by tragedy. Two weekends ago, two people were killed when their house exploded because of a natural gas leak. For such a small community, so much loss in such a short amount of time. And it's harder because of how close the people are.

"I lived in large cities the 45 years I was gone from Chunky, Houston, Texas, Baton Rouge, and there's not the community connection in the large cities being from back here, we not only know one another, we care for one another, so it really touches us," said John Gilbert, a resident of Chunky.

Now, a community in mourning will have to pull together to help the victims and help each other get through the days to come.