The Lindsay community is holding a vigil on Friday (June 17) for Draven Graham, 11, whose body was recovered from the Scugog River on Monday after being reported missing the day before.
Reacting to the tragedy, many in the community are offering their condolences to the family and organizing to share their thoughts. On Tuesday (June 14), people were out by the river’s edge, near where Draven was found, writing messages for the family and leaving stuffed toys.
“My heart breaks for his family and school friends,” read a Facebook comment from Lois Mattuci, in response to the tragic news.
The vigil, scheduled for Friday night (June 17) is being organized on Facebook by Jade Sager. People are asked to bring a candle as well as stuffed animals, toys or trinkets.
Draven was discovered after a day of intense searching by emergency personnel and the community. The OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit found Draven’s body in the Scugog River around 3:30 p.m.
“Everyone involved has a heavy heart at this time,” said Kawartha Lakes Police Sergeant Deb Hagarty in a social media video. “We encourage each of you to continue to support the family while allowing them to grieve during this tragic time.”