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Community holds vigil for missing Bedford County children

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Chloie Leverette & Gage Daniel Chloie Leverette & Gage Daniel

It's been exactly two weeks since a fire destroyed a home in Bedford County, killing Leon McClaran and his wife, Molly McClaran. On Sunday, the community held a vigil, hoping to bring the children home.

"We come here tonight to hopefully bring closure," Pastor Ronnie Grooms with Rover Baptist Church told the group.

They brought teddy bears, flowers and hope. Dozens of classmates, neighbors and friends stopped by Community Elementary School in Unionville Sunday to pray for 9-year-old Chloie and her 7-year-old brother Gage.

"Father, we ask that as the searching goes on, we might have answers," Grooms added.

The pair have been missing since Sept. 23, the night a fire destroyed their Bedford County home and killed their grandparents, Leon and Molly McClaran. Authorities initially presumed the children died in the fire as well. For days, crews scoured the property looking for any evidence the kids were in the house. But nearly a week later, authorities announced the children may still be alive and issued an Amber Alert.

"The last couple of weeks have been a trying time with the tragedy that's happened and not knowing the answers to a lot of questions," Grooms explained.

So members of Rover Baptist Church held a vigil outside Community Elementary where Chloie and Gage attended school.

Grooms prayed, "We hope that the children might be found and that they'd be safe. But if that's not the case and they are deceased, then we have the assurance of God's word that we know where the children are... In the precious name of Jesus, amen!"

Chloie stands 4'8" tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Gage is 4' tall. He too has brown hair, hazel eyes and wears glasses. If you've seen the kids or have any information, call the Bedford County Sheriff's Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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