By Gerald V. Paul
Teenager Rueshad Grant’s family is appealing to the city and the organizers of the annual Carnival festival to help pay for his funeral.
Grant, 18, died after being drawn under a carnival float after Toronto’s annual Carnival parade two weeks ago.
“Due to the sudden tragedy that has fallen upon our family, we are asking the City of Toronto and the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Organization for their support and financial assistance in burying , remembering and honouring the life of our loved one, Rueshad Grant,” said the statement, which was provided to television station CP24.
“We are extremely concerned about the about the family of the late Rueshad Grant. The festival does not want to speak publicly but is seeking to address this tragedy privately,” Stephen Weir, spokesperson for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, said. Weir noted that the festival management is aware of the Grants’ needs and is working to address them.
The Grant incident occurred around 9 p.m in the Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Dowling Ave. area on August 3. He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died shortly after.
A candlelight vigil was held for Grant on Saturday night on Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Jameson Ave. just steps away from the spot where he was killed.