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BAT ASSAULT: Kamloops vigil planned for teen in coma

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June 24, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A candlelight vigil is planned for Jessie Simpson, the teenager in hospital with serious head injuries after being hit with a baseball bat last weekend.

The vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at the Riverside Park bandshell.

One of the organizers, Cassandra Hennessy, says there will be speeches and prayers. 

“I feel like it’s the only thing that comes to mind right now,” she says. “To do what we can to send all of our hope and love to Jessie.”

Hennessy grew up with Simpson and says he was one of her best friends. The vigil is to help others affected by his situation deal with their emotions.

“There’s a lot of people going through a lot of emotions right now,” she says. “We should do it together.”

Candles have already been organized, and there are volunteers, but Hennessy says more are welcome.

The vigil is being held one week after Simpson was attacked with a baseball bat in Brocklehurst. Kristopher Teichrieb, 39, has been charged with attempted murder in the case. Simpson is currently at Royal Inland Hospital and remains in a coma.

The Kamloops event follows a vigil held in Savona, where Simpson is from, earlier this week. The Facebook event page currently shows roughly 100 people planning to attend.


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