TROY — Community members have organized a tree planting and candlelight vigil to remember Lillian May, 13, of Troy, who drowned at the Treasure Island Park harbor last week.
The tree planting will commence at 8 p.m. followed by the vigil. Glow sticks will be available for small children.
Trees were donated by Chaney’s Nursery and by the Troy Police Department in remembrance of May.
May was pronounced dead at Upper Valley Medical Center after she was pulled from the harbor area around 11 p.m. July 18.
The ceremony has been organized by Amanda Medley who shared how her daughter was friends with May. Medley shared how she would sit with May’s mother at softball games and grew to know the family through the several activities the girls were involved in at Troy Junior High.
“I just felt compelled to do something,” Medley shared. “I thought and prayed about it and thought this was a way to get the whole community to participate and something for the family to remember her by.”
Last week, Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn said the preliminary autopsy report ruled May’s death by drowning. Ginn said there was no evidence of foul play, head injury, or other trauma that could have contributed to her death.
May had been swimming in the harbor area with some friends, according to reports. The girls were playing a “hide-and-go-seek” style game in the water when May went missing. Friends had initially thought May had left and went home to her grandfather’s home on Lincoln Street. When she wasn’t there, they called 9-1-1.
The official police investigation is still ongoing.