LAURINBURG — An online fundraising effort continues this week after a funeral for a pair of sisters who drowned last week in a Marlboro County, South Carolina swimming pool.
Kenlee Elizabeth Higgins, aged 2 and 1/2, and 18-month-old Devyn Sue Higgins were pronounced dead on Friday at Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw, South Carolina, according to news reports, after drowning while their mother was at work.
The sisters lived in Laurinburg with their mother, Jacklyn Smith Higgins, and three older siblings. The pool was located at a residence on S.C. 79 near Wallace, South Carolina.
On Monday, the toddlers’ deaths were ruled accidental by Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown after an investigation assisted by the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.
Funeral services were held on Monday at Northview Harvest Ministries.
A GoFundMe campaign for “Kenlee and Devyn’s Funeral Expenses” was established on Saturday, and has raised $3,475 of a $10,000 goal.
“Jacklyn is a hardworking, single mother, with three other children to support,” the page reads. “As you can imagine, money for extras doesn’t come easy, and funerals are costly. We’re asking for anyone who may feel it in their heart to help out, to please donate what you can, in order to alleviate this one stressor from a family that is already under an immense, emotional shock.”