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Candlelight vigil planned Dec. 11 to honor Kyle Brown and others

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TURIN — A candlelight vigil will be held next week to honor the memory of a Turin man who died in a construction accident, as well as other recent losses to the South Lewis community.

“This will be a night where everyone in our community can remember the good people we have lost way too soon,” Tiffany Campanian, an event organizer, wrote on Facebook.

The vigil, planned following the death last month of Kyle M. Brown, 23, is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Lewis High School soccer field by the district office parking lot.

“I thought, ‘We have to do something to show our support to the family,’” said Ms. Campanian, a member of the South Lewis Class of 2008 with Mr. Brown and his twin sister, Amanda.

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

“He was our classmate, a friend, a brother and a son,” Ms. Campanian wrote on the “Kyle’s Krew” Facebook page, set up to preserve his memory and provide information on the vigil. “Words could never describe the man Kyle Brown was. No matter when or where, he’d be the first person to say hello and ask how you were doing with the nicest smile. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. We will keep his memory alive!”

Since Mr. Brown’s mother is also a long-time South Lewis employee, it only made sense to hold the vigil at the school, Ms. Campanian said.

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

Plans are to set off Chinese lanterns for each of those people and have some lanterns available for attendees to purchase and release in honor of their lost loved ones, Ms. Campanian said.

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

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

“They’re going to be able to choose the type of scholarship,” she said.

Ms. Campanian said she has had a great response from the community thus far and is hopeful for a strong turnout at the vigil.

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

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