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South Lewis candlelight vigil set for Friday

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TURIN — The third time should be the charm for a candlelight vigil honoring the memory of a Turin man who died in a construction accident, as well as other recent losses to the South Lewis community.

“I think us and the community are finally glad to finally see it happening,” said Kristin M. Briot, one of the event organizers.

The vigil — which was postponed twice over the winter because of inclement weather and a scheduling conflict — is now slated for 8 to 9:15 p.m. Friday on the athletic field and track at the South Lewis Middle-High School.

The event was planned following the November death of Kyle M. Brown, 23.

Mr. Brown, who worked for MTL Design, Watertown, died Nov. 18 of injuries suffered in a fall at the F.X. Caprara construction site in Pulaski.

Ms. Briot said she hopes the vigil will help provide more closure for family and friends. She is a member of the South Lewis Class of 2008 and graduated with Mr. Brown and his twin sister, Amanda.

Candles will be sold for $1 apiece or given to anyone purchasing a $5 wristband honoring Mr. Brown’s memory.

Chinese lanterns will be sold for $5 apiece, with the intent of releasing them that night in honor of Mr. Brown and other lost loved ones.

Organizers have decided to honor the memories of other South Lewis students or teachers who have died in recent years.

“We’re going to give a moment of silence for everyone,” Ms. Briot said, noting the Class of 2008 had lost other members over the years.

All proceeds from the event, along with any donations, will be given to the Brown family to start up a scholarship fund.

Anyone seeking more information can visit the “Kyle’s Krew” Facebook page.

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