Naperville children remembered at Friday church vigil - FOX 32 News Chicago

Naperville children remembered at Friday church vigil

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

With heavy hearts, well over 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to grieve the death of five year old Olivia Dworakowski, who lived in this neighborhood, and seven year old Justin Plackowski whose mother was the babysitter now charged with stabbing the two children to death Tuesday night.

"This was one of the most sad and yet joyous kinds of situations you encounter in a tragedy like this where the community is just spontaneously comes together in their sorrow and their loss, but also in their support for one another," said Deacon Larry Kearney of St. Thomas the Apostle.

Pastors prayed for help in honoring the lives of the two children, as well for peace for everyone connected to this tragedy. A number of people from to Olivia's school, Brookdale Elementary came to show their support.

"When something like this happens it feels very personal, it feels like it's happened to you, and it's a very very sad thing, when those children were taken they were taken from all of us and as a community we want to come together and show our support," said Alicia Carlisle.

"It's just unbelievable, and I think that's what communities are for you get together and do what you can," said community member Bill Ellis.

40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska is charged with the murders. Naperville's mayor says his community, which is know as one of the best places to raise children, is coming together and will get through this travesty. But he says it's hard.

"To see other children saying why and trying to find out answers, I think that's probably the toughest," Mayor George Pradel said.

A memorial fund was also established Friday for Olivia Dworakowski, designed to help provide for the family. Those wishing to make a donation can stop at any Naperville Bank & Trust location or mail a donation to: Naperville Bank & Trust, Olivia Dworakowski Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 294, Naperville, IL 60566.

For more information please contact Ron Davidson at Naperville Bank & Trust, phone number 630–369–3555.

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