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Monday, February 25, 2008

Candlelight vigil set for crash victims, one teen still hospitalized

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
— Jonathan Law High School students still grieving after an accident claimed the lives of two of their classmates and seriously injured a third city teen are planning a candlelight vigil for Tuesday night.
The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Green. Candles will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.
A Law parent contacted the media and the mayor’s office to share the information concerning the vigil. The parent, who asked not to be identified, said Law students deserve the credit for bringing up the idea of the vigil.
“The kids just want to be there,” the Law parent said. “Michael (Vicino) can use the prayers and so can the other families.”
St. Gabriel Church’s pastor, the Rev. Maurice Maroney, will speak and offer prayers.
Law students Shawn Foley, shown above left, and his back-seat passenger, Jonathan Dolceacqua, 18, abouve, right, died Feb. 11 when Foley lost control of his car, sending it skidding into a utility pole in the parking lot of Westfield Connecticut Post mall.
Vicino, 16, a front-seat passenger, remained in critical condition Monday at Bridgeport Hospital, a spokesman said.
Police said speed was a factor, and they are investigating witness reports that Foley may have been racing with another car. Immediately after news of the accident broke, students mobilized to create a memorial at the mall to honor their friends.
“The kids want to come together to pray for Michael and for the families of Shawn and Jonathan,” the parent said.
Students from Platt Technical High School and Joseph A. Foran High also have been invited to attend the vigil.