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Route, tips for tonight's candlelight vigil for Bryson family

The sheriff's office said the recommended route for the Tommy Bryson vigil in Henderson County stretches along Boylston Highway from South Mills River Road to Westfeldt Park. (Photo credit: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities are urging those who plan to participate in Wednesday night's vigil for the Bryson family to stay alert and safe during the event. And motorists in the area should also be cautious of people in the roadway.

"The Bryson family is appreciative of the vigil that has been organized to honor the legacy of Tommy Bryson. They are humbled and touched, but last thing they want to see is any tragedy or injury to come out of this grassroots and heartfelt vigil," the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Authorities believe Phillip Stroupe II kidnapped and killed Bryson while Stroupe was on the run from authorities last week. Bryson's body was found Sunday night in a cornfield in the Arden area.

The sheriff's office said the recommended route for the vigil in Henderson County stretches along Boylston Highway from South Mills River Road to Westfeldt Park. Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald has the following recommendations for the event, which is set for 8:45-9 p.m.:

  • Park in business parking lots wherever possible
  • Carpool to reduce congestion
  • Turn on hazard lights
  • If motorists must park along roadways, find areas with ample shoulder space and pull completely off the roadway
  • Pedestrians should remain alert and vigilant to traffic and stay off the roadway
  • Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution, remain alert for pedestrians and travel at a safe speed

Authorities recommend the public refrain from assembling along any two-lane roads.

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