WHOLE families were among scores of people who lit candles and paid tribute to the Haxey four-year old whose young life was snatched away on Tuesday.
Little Emma Lifsey died after the car in which she was a passenger was hit by a train at a level crossing at Misson Springs.
Stunned villagers gathered at Haxey’s St Nicholas’ Church last night to place candles and link together in thoughts and prayers for Emma and her family, following the horrific incident.
Vicky Parkin, 30, of Haxey, organised the vigil because, she said, she felt she needed to act in the wake of such devastating news.
She said: “It was a chance for the community to come together, informally, and share their grief. We lit candles and prayed together, and Emma’s godmother said a few words.
“There were children as young as three there with their parents and grandparents.”
She added: “We’re a close village and it’s touched us deeply that we’ve lost a young child like this. We just needed to do something.”
A full investigation is being carried out in to the crash. Emma’s parents, Mark, 40, and Zoe, 38, who have one other son, told in a statement yesterday how their daughter “meant the world” to them, and thanked everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support they have received.