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Lethbridge residents gather to pay tribute to local player killed in Broncos bus crash
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018 10:22AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:37PM MDT
Tributes continue to pour in from all over the world to honour those who were killed or injured after the Humboldt Broncos bus crashed on Friday and dozens of people gathered in Lethbridge to pay their respect to one of their on Monday evening.
Amazing Grace was sung softly as nearly 100 people stood outside Lethbridge City Hall to honour the team and Logan Boulet, who was among the 15 people killed in the crash.
The vigil was organized after Lethbridge residents approached the city and those in attendance said it was a way to show their support and solidarity.
"It’s devastating, it really is," said Sarah Burton.
"I've known his dad and his sister for quite a few years, and I know from everything I’ve heard about Logan that he was a really amazing person," said Attalia Fikre.
"It’s hard to understand and imagine but just to know all the communities and the country and world is behind the remaining people that are left is just so touching and it’s so great to see Lethbridge standing behind and joining together in solidarity," said Marilyn Trenker.
Boulet’s family says he signed his donor card shortly after his 21st birthday and his organs were donated to six patients in need.
“These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life,” his godfather, Neil Lagevin, said in a statement on behalf of the family.
Boulet’s donation drew high praise form many, including Ronnie Gavsie, president and CEO of Ontario’s Trillium Gift of Life Network.
“He’s truly a hero and an example to all Canadians," Gavsie told CTV News Channel on Monday.
Logan's last gift appears to have struck a chord with many across Canada and organ donor signups have surged in several provinces in the last few days.
A GoFundMe campaign for those affected has now topped $7.1 million, shattering its most recent goal of $4 million.
Two of the 14 victims injured have been released from hospital. Twelve remain in hospital, four of them in critical condition.
(With files from CTV Lethbridge and CTVNews.ca)