CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Family and friends are still trying to cope with the loss of Derick Lwugi who was one of 18 Canadians who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. In the wake of his death, the community has taken action to both keep his legacy alive and support his family including his wife and their three children.
A vigil will be held for Lwugi on Sunday at 4 p.m. in front of City Hall where he used to work as an accountant. A memorial fund has been set up in his name to help support the educational pursuits of youth in the Naliava community in his home country of Kenya. In order to make the contribution, select the Elbow Dr. location, reference is other, and memo Kivia family.
A family support fund has also been created to ease the financial burden the family is facing at this time, according to Vincent Onyango, a family representative.
“As you can imagine it’s a loss of someone they loved, someone who was their breadwinner, someone who they were looking up to,” he said. “So it’s pretty devastating for them.”
People can donate to the family on a Gofundme page. The family is appreciative of the support they have received, said Onyango.
“They feel strengthened that the community is around them at this moment,” he said. “We hope that the community will continue to be around them through this stretch of time that they need.”