Family of teen killed by parade float seeking financial help for funeral
Joshua Freeman, cp24.com
Published Sunday, August 11, 2013 7:11AM EDT
The family of a teen killed by a parade float at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is looking for financial assistance from the city and carnival organizers to help pay for his funeral.
“Due to the sudden tragedy that has fallen upon on (sic) our family, we are asking the City of Toronto and the Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival Organization for their support and financial assistance in burying, remembering and honoring the life of our loved one, Rueshad Grant,” the family said in a statement sent to CP24 Saturday.
Grant was killed Aug. 3 when he ended up underneath a parade vehicle he had been riding on along Lake Shore Boulevard West after it had taken part in the carnival’s grand parade.
The Mississauga teen was rushed to hospital, but died of his injuries.
Police are still looking into the death, which has sparked discussion about safety concerns at similar large events.
In their letter, Grant’s family called him a ‘proud, charismatic and family-oriented young man’ and said they had been devastated by his death.
“We are currently in the process of trying to move on from this experience and seek closure for the loss of our dearly departed friend, brother, son and uncle,” the family said in the letter.
The family said they have not yet been in touch with the city or the carnival organizers to request assistance.
In the meantime, a vigil was held for Grant Saturday night at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Jameson Avenue, near the spot where the teen was killed.
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