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Community comes together to help family mourn their little boy

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A Quincy family is devastated this week after their 2-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool while at a daycare.  Thursday night, many people came together to show the family, they're not alone in their grief.

Family members and organizers say they were surprised by the amount of people who showed up to support the family in this tough time, and organizers say every candle lit and hug given helped make a difference.

Hundreds of people gathered at Clat Adams Park to remember 2-year-old Pravyn Lance McBride-Meyer.  Pravyn's mother, Whitney Meyer, addressed the crowd, but like many, still can't understand why this happened.

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"I kept asking why, and it hasn't helped," Meyer said.  "So I think this candlelight would be good for him to hear me." 
   
Alexis Willing helped organize this vigil for Pravyn.  With lots of hugs and tears from everyone, including Pravyn's mom and dad, the focus was about coming together and starting a long healing process.  Willing said along with prayers, she's also wants more to come out of this.
   
"I just hope that we can get some more awareness," Willing said. "I don't know exactly how that all happened, but just young kids you have to watch them.  They're everywhere."

While Pravyn is no longer with his family, his playful spirit will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. Willing remembers the first time she met Pravyn, something that will always stay with her.

"He had music on and he looked at me and he started dancing, didn't even say anything to me, I'm dancing," Willing said. "He was just a real happy kid, real smiley all the time."

Pravyn's funeral will be held Monday morning.
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