Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

September 10, 2013

UPDATE: Community grieving death of Willow Long

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EFFINGHAM —

"She's a little girl and she's innocent," said Shannon Neal of Watson. "No one deserves any of this."

Effingham Unit 40 Superintendent Mark Doan said his office is trying to find a way to deal with the tragedy and how Long's death will impact staff district wide, as well as students and teachers at South Side School, which Long attended.

“We have a crisis team in place and have for the last couple of days,” he said.

Doan said the office is also trying to find an age-appropriate way to talk to students of all ages about what has happened in the last few days.

Kulesza said reminding everyone who Long was will be a common conversation in the community

"It's not just the kids she knew and it's not just the kids in school," he said. "This hits everybody."

A candlelight vigil will be held for Long at 7 p.m. today at Watson Civic Center. Those attending are asked to wear purple and bring a candle. A donation will be taken and given to Long's father, who does not live in the area, for funeral and travel expenses.

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