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Local mom hosts Worldwide Candle Lighting event after son's death

Jermaine Marcus Zirkle (Source: Melissa Zirkle) Jermaine Marcus Zirkle (Source: Melissa Zirkle)
MADISON, OH (WOIO) -

On December 8, parents and loved ones participated in Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event that was created to honor children who have died. 

A local mother who recently felt the pain of losing her son less than six months ago, not only took part in the event but is actually planned it for her city, Madison, Ohio.

Melissa Zirkle's 13-year-old son, Jermaine Marcus Zirkle, drowned in July.  Melissa felt compelled to reach back to others that showed support during her difficult time and to be supportive to others that understand exactly the pain she is enduring.

The event was held at the Madison Village Square Park. 

Melissa's son, Jermaine, was swept under a current after swimming with a group of friends.

After a more than 40 hour long search, he was not located until Melissa's step-mother later discovered Jermaine's body while walking along the private beach.

The lighting event is considered to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe.  

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