This evening, Lindsay, Ontario residents will assemble at a waterfront park to “beam a little light for Draven.”
Draven Graham, an autistic 11-year-old child, went missing on Sunday, June 12, in the afternoon, and his body was discovered in the Scugog River around 24 hours later.
At Riviera Park, close to Colborne and Lindsay streets, a candlelight memorial in his honor will begin at 7 o’clock.
Organizers are asking attendees to “bring a candle and light up the night for this precious boy.” Mourners are also welcome to bring a stuffed animal, trinket, or toy.
Draven’s disappearance prompted a large-scale response, which saw police from several jurisdictions as well as volunteers searching for him on foot and boat. They also used a drone, a helicopter, and police dogs in their effort to find him.
The child’s death has renewed calls for the creation of a vulnerable persons’ alert system. So far, more than 68,000 people have signed the “Draven Alert” petition for “missing autistic and vulnerable/special needs children.”