8-year-old boy killed in Windsor parade remembered at vigil

WINDSOR, Colo. -- Dozens gathered in Windsor on Wednesday night to honor the memory of a boy killed during a Labor Day parade.

The gathering included a candlelight vigil and emotional support form the town’s religious leaders.

That vigil was held less than a mile from a growing memorial where Brycen Zerby was killed on Monday.

Those at vigil wrote messages of support to the boy's family and heard from area pastors talking about the power of faith.

Brycen was killed after witnesses said he tried to get off of his church’s float during the Windsor Harvest Festival parade.

The boy from Greeley was struck and later died at a hospital. Not long after the tragedy, those in Windsor -- who didn’t even know the boy or his family -- organized the vigil.

"The response has been huge," an organizer said.

Members of the Zerby family, known for their strong faith, were not seen at the vigil. Loved ones say they need space as they deal with the loss.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

The mayor of Windsor says after the investigation is complete, the town board will meet with festival officials to determine what, if anything, should change to ensure something similar doesn’t happen again.

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