Our colleague Christine Dempsey reported on the tragic story of Tuesday’s Hartford apartment fire that killed 4-year-old Shantay Drake and her mother, Susan Therrien.
At Jumoke Academy at Milner School, where Shantay was in prekindergarten, the school community has rallied to create a memorial fund at Bank of America to help support the girl’s family. Shantay’s sister, Kayla, is a first-grader at Milner.
Parents and teachers have started raising money for the fund, which received a $1,500 donation from Family Urban Schools of Excellence, Jumoke’s charter management organization, FUSE officials said today. The Day Pitney law firm, where city Council President Shawn Wooden is a partner, will manage the fund.
Donations may be sent to the Shantay Drake Memorial Fund, Bank of America, Albany Avenue Branch, 919 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT 06112.
A candlelight vigil is also planned at 6 p.m. today near the Milner playground.