A crowd funding campaign has raised more than $13,000 in three days for the family of an eight-year-old girl who fell to her death from a Burnaby highrise window.
“This sudden loss has left a big hole in the hearts of so many,” reads a description of Audrey’s Memorial Fund. “I know our focus is to provide emotional support to the grieving family, which is important at this time, but your financial support is also needed. The family needs help to cover the cost of the memorial and funeral.”
Audrey, whose last name has not been released, fell from a window at Timberlea Towers at 3771 Bartlett Court on Nov. 4 and died at the scene, according to police.
Burnaby RCMP and the B.C. Coroners service are investigating, but police have said investigators don’t believe the death is suspicious and have described it instead as a “tragic incident.”
An aunt told CBC Audrey had been legally blind since birth and lived primarily with her mother in Coquitlam.
She had been visiting her father’s apartment on Bartlett Court on the day of the fatal fall, Tanya Summers told CBC’s Bal Brach earlier this week.
Audrey’s Memorial Fund was launched by Nicole Dragon one Nov. 6 on behalf of Audrey’s mother.
“Audrey was a sweet and charismatic little girl and was loved deeply by her family, classmates, teachers and friends,” reads the campaign intro. “Audrey had to endure a lot more than your average little girl throughout her eight years of life, but she showed more strength and resilience and inspired all who were surrounded by her.”
The crowd-funding page has attracted an outpouring of donations and support.
“Audrey, you were a gift to this world, and everyone who knew you,” wrote Shannon McLachlan.
“Audrey will be greatly missed & fondly remembered. We were lucky to have had her in our lives for the brief time that we did,” wrote Traci King.
For more information about Audrey’s Memorial Fund, visit tinyurl.com/AudreyFund.