Hundreds gather in Orange to remember Leena & Victoria

Grief counselors were available at the vigil

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a massive showing of support Friday night for the families of two young girls who died in a house fire in Orange this past weekend. There was singing, prayers, and tiers.

Several hundred people crowded into the Veterans Park in Orange to remember 6-year-old Leena Ciolino and 8-year-old Victoria Gaignard. The first and second graders were trapped in a burning house last Saturday.

Some of these people know the families. Others just came because they’re parents too. Donna Canning of Orange said, “It’s just really hard to be a mom of children. My heart aches for the parents of Victoria and Leena.”

Thomas Easton of Deerfield said, “Lean on anybody. That’s what you need to do. At times like this, you don’t want to think of anyone being at a great loss like this that they’re going to be alone.”

vigil2The Salvation Army and the local radio station 97.3 WJDF helped organize Friday night’s vigil for Victoria and Leena. It was a community outpouring of support for the families.

Three adults were also taken to the hospital after the fire, including Leena’s father, who is still in the hospital, having suffered severe burns trying to save his daughter.

Friday morning, pink and purple ribbons were tied on trees around Veterans Park ahead of the vigil.

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