Memorial For 6-Year-Old Draws Almost 2,000
A candlelight vigil for a girl killed in the tragic south London Costco accident filled Greenway Park was held Wednesday night.
Organizers didn’t have an exact count, but estimated 1,800 people were in attendance to mourn the loss of 6-year-old Addison Hall.
London police directed traffic as crowds gathered below the hill clutching candles to be lit as the sun set.
Former Mayor and friend of the family Anne Marie DeCicco-Best hosted the night, calling the death unspeakable.
“You imagine that it could have been anyone. It could be you, could be your family, could be your children. And I think that when you have the feeling and it’s shared by so many people in the community, you have to find a way to do something to give people a common place where they can express that grief together,” says DeCicco-Best.
Addison’s father, Eric Hall, also spoke through tears at the memorial.
“This is just astonishing, the group and everything. The people here that didn’t know her. We’re just saying from the deepest parts of our hearts that we love each and every one of you for this and we will never, ever, ever forget it,” he says.
Organizer Tracy Vanderwerf says when she found out about Addison’s passing, she knew she had to do something to honour her.
“We can’t be at the hospital every day, and I’m sure they won’t let us all in to the hospital, I mean look at this crowd,” she says. “So there was something that we had to do to support the family to say we are here, you can do it, and we’re behind you.”
Donations were being accepted for the family. An online campaign has raised more than $52,000 as of Wednesday night. And Costco is conducting its own fund-raising campaign at both of its London locations.
The memorial also came on the same day that Addison’s sister, 3-year-old Miah Bozek, was upgraded to fair condition. Her mother Danah McKinnon-Bozek is listed in fair condition, while her baby is still in critical condition.
London police say the investigation into the crash is ongoing. No charges have been laid.
*With files from Lisa Brandt and Avery Moore