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Candlelight vigil at Memorial Park honors 4-year-old boy who drowned in lake

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 00:43:44-04

Saturday night was a night to remember a Colorado Springs 4-year-old whose tragic drowning is highlighting the need for kids to wear flotation devices anytime they’re near water.

As News 5 reported throughout the week, Messiah White died early Tuesday morning after disappearing below the surface of Nebraska’s Lake Minatare while on a family camping trip.

Messiah was remembered in a ceremony at Memorial Park.

 

More than 50 people showed up for the candlelight vigil to pray for young Messiah White and his family and they also released balloons in his memory.

Mother Staci White drew strength from those who came out to show their support.

"Just shows how many people loved my baby and wanted him to know that and I think that’s important right now," she said.

The family is currently making arrangements for a funeral but they could use some financial assistance.
They’ve set up a GoFundMe page. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

At the vigil, White also says she wants other parents to learn from their tragedy and take swimming safety seriously. 

Staci says, anytime you can, put a floating device on your child if they’re in or near the water, adding "the risk isn’t worth it."