Vigil planned for Amazon workers killed in warehouse collapse


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The City of Edwardsville will host a candlelight vigil on Friday to remember the six people who died in last week’s Amazon warehouse collapse.

The vigil is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Governor’s Plaza on South Main Street. Organizers have also planned a balloon release, which will take place during the ceremony.

“Hopefully it brings some closure,” said resident Elizabeth Turner.

Six people died when a tornado hit the Amazon facility on Friday. The victims were identified as 28-year-old DeAndre S. Morrow of St. Louis; 62-year-old Kevin D. Dickey of Carlyle, Illinois; 29-year-old Clayton Lynn Cope of Alton, Illinois; 46-year-old Larry e. Virden of Collinsville, Illinois; 26-year-old Austin J. MacEwen of Edwardsville and 34-year-old Etheria S. Hebb of St. Louis.

“Just a terrible thing for the residents and the families and friends that know those people,” said resident Eliit’s awful, death is always awful.”

Organizers had planned for the vigil to take place on Tuesday but postponed it due to a wind advisory. If there is inclement weather on Friday, the ceremony will move indoors to the fire station bay on site.

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