Nearly 150 family, friends, first responders, and community members gathered at the Wapiti River Sunday evening to honour Myles Etheridge-Letto. The two-year-old boy was swept away by the river at that spot on July 6th, and what’s believed to be his body was found near Peace River more than five days later.
A candlelight vigil was held at 9 p.m., which included the playing of bagpipes, a few minutes of silence, and an original song. Candles were placed at the edge of the river by the Canfor Bridge, and several teddy bears were placed in tribute.
Late last week, Myles’ family issued a message thanking the community for their support, and acknowledging the work done by emergency services and volunteers.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, support and donations in our time of recent tragedy. Thank you to everyone who searched endlessly to help us recover Myles and send him to rest with our angels.”
People were also encouraged to light candles at other places along the Wapiti River Sunday night.