Illinois city honors brothers lost in a tragic accident

Illinois city honors brothers lost in a tragic accident

It's been nearly 3 weeks since we told you about two little boys from Gorham who were hit and killed by a car while playing outside.

Tonight, the city of Grand Tower is hosting their annual Independence Day celebration, this year in honor of the brothers, 8-year-old Nicholas Marquith and 10-year-old Tyler Marquith were organ donors.

"We are really trying to celebrate the boys," said family friend Mike Ellet Jr.

Ellet says there was no hesitation that this year's celebration would be one in honor of the Marquith family.

He says every cent raised Friday night will go towards a fund he set up shortly after the tragic accident.

Already, Ellet Junior says they've raised over a thousand dollars from strangers just wanting to help.

"It is not going to bring the boys back but it will do a lot to lift the burden off of them," he said.

As the community leans on each other for support, that support hasn't gone unnoticed from a grieving family.

"They are overwhelmed with the support and love from the community. I still feel like we could give some more so let's do that," said Ellet.

The event runs from 4PM – 9PM.

There will be a fish fry, raffle and firework show.

All proceeds raised will go towards the Marquith family.

The Post Office has a Marquith Family Benefite Fund at First Southern Bank.

You can donate at any of their locations or by mail:

P.O. Box 285 Grand Tower 62942