Community rallies around parents of children killed in Fisher Road house fire

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 30, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although they acknowledge that this is a loss that words cannot hope to salve, friends, neighbors and even strangers are opening their hearts and pocketbooks to help a family whose two boys died in a horrific fire the morning of Oct. 28 at a home in the 700 block of Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe City.

Walter and Azucena Connolly suffered the worst loss any parent can experience when their sons, Briggs and Logan, ages 9 and 11, died in a fire that consumed their home. But even as the community mourns with them, hundreds have pledged donations of clothing, money and meals for the parents.

Within hours of the fire, a SignUpGenius campaign had collected clothing and toiletry essentials for the Connollys. Donations were pouring in at press time to a GoFundMe account set up for the couple Oct. 29. Anyone interested in making a donation or leaving a message of caring online can visit the page.

As one donor wrote, “You are both in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Our heart aches for you both. We are so, so incredibly sorry.” 

Another donor reflected the nature of the tightknit neighborhood by writing, “All of Fisher Rd. is Grieving.” 

Still another donor echoed that sentiment, but on a broader scale, writing, “Please know the community of Grosse Pointe supports you!!!!”

Dozens of people had also signed up to either cook or purchase prepared meals for the family, and additional slots remained for anyone wishing to bring them a meal. The link to the TakeThemAMeal page is takethemameal.com/FFGG3677.

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores has reached out to the families of students at Richard Elementary, where both of the boys were students. A school newsletter emailed to parents Nov. 3 included a link with the letter, in which Ford House officials offered their condolences and invited Richard families to walk the grounds for free during November. For admission, they only need to show a copy of the letter at the gatehouse.

“While we know nothing can fill the loss or heal the pain, sometimes a walk in nature, a change of scenery, or a little family time along the lake can help,” the letter reads, in part.