Family of dead toddlers told to rely on God

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – Members of a community struggling to understand the deaths of two South Carolina toddlers are saying goodbye to the energetic boys authorities say were killed by their mother.

Pastor Charcey Priester told the family at the funeral Friday for 2-year-old Devean Duley and 18-month-old Ja’van Duley to rely on God.

Hundreds of mourners filed past the small white caskets before the service. The boys were dressed in matching white tuxedos. Some people dropped off stuffed animals, books and flowers.

The boys’ 29-year-old mother, Shaquan Duley, was not allowed to attend. Investigators say she confessed to smothering her children Sunday night then staging  a car accident to cover up the deaths.

She is in jail awaiting a bail hearing on murder charges.

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Continuing Coverage:

August 20, 2010 – Funeral Held for Duley Children

August 19, 2010 – Orangeburg Community Mourns Toddlers’ Deaths

August 18, 2010 – Susan Smith Prosecutor Speaks about Tragedy

August 18, 2010 – Duley in Court, Attorney Speaks

August 18, 2010 – Lawyer: Mom accused of killing sons remorseful

August 18, 2010 – Funeral Arrangements Set for Duley Children

August 17, 2010 – An Orangeburg Mother’s Breaking Point

August 17, 2010 – Family of Mother Arrested Speaks Out

August 17, 2010 – RAW: 911 Call from Orangeburg County

August 17, 2010 – Mother faces two counts of murder
August 16, 2010 – Orangeburg Reacts to Toddlers’ Deaths
August 16, 2010 – Mother of dead toddlers ID’d by jail official
August 16, 2010 – Children and Mother IDed, Car Submerged