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Online fundraiser started by Sierra Leonean community in Edmonton

Community hoping to raise $10,000 to cover funeral expenses for teen who was struck and killed by the driver of an ETS bus

Mariama Sillah (right) was struck and killed by a bus on Saturday.


Mariama Sillah (right) was struck and killed by a bus on Saturday.

The Sierra Leonean community in Edmonton has started a fundraiser to help the family of a 13-year-old girl struck and killed in by an Edmonton Transit bus driver in a marked crosswalk.

A Gofundme campaign to raise $10,000 to help the family of Mariama Sillah cover funeral costs was started Monday

Over $4,000 had been raised by Tuesday evening.

Sillah was struck by the ETS bus driver making a left turn onto 137 Avenue from 40 Street at approximately 7:40 p.m on Saturday, according to Edmonton police.

Kemoh Mansaray, president of the Sierra Leone Association of Alberta, said the community is in mourning.

“She was a promising young woman who her family loves, community loves, friends love and whose life was cut short,” he said. “We're just praying and consoling each other because coping will take not weeks, not months, it'll take years. For now it is devastating – we're still in shock.”

A candlelight vigil will be held at the scene of the accident Friday at 6 p.m. Funeral prayers are scheduled to take place Saturday at the Al Rashid Mosque.

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