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Grosse Pointes rally around parents after boys killed in house fire

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

 Parents Walter and Azucena Connolly, of Grosse Pointe City, suffered an unthinkable tragedy when their boys, 11-year-old Briggs and 9-year-old Logan, died in a devastating fire the morning of Oct. 28 at the family’s home in the 700 block of Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe City.

Parents Walter and Azucena Connolly, of Grosse Pointe City, suffered an unthinkable tragedy when their boys, 11-year-old Briggs and 9-year-old Logan, died in a devastating fire the morning of Oct. 28 at the family’s home in the 700 block of Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe City.

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Parents Walter and Azucena Connolly, of Grosse Pointe City, suffered an unthinkable tragedy when their boys, 11-year-old Briggs and 9-year-old Logan, died in a devastating fire the morning of Oct. 28 at the family’s home in the 700 block of Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe City.

But even as neighbors, relatives and friends of the family mourned, they also rallied around the Connollys. Hockey sticks displayed on dozens of porches throughout the Pointes paid tribute to the boys, both of whom loved the sport, and scores of people signed up to donate meals, money and clothing to the Connolly parents, who lost everything in the blaze. Others created a makeshift memorial in front of the house with hockey sticks, stuffed animals, and other symbols of love and support.

During an Oct. 28 Grosse Pointe Park City Council meeting, Mayor Robert Denner asked for a moment of silence for the Connolly boys and another youth who was killed in a car accident.

“Our community, the Grosse Pointes community, has suffered a tragedy that’s almost unfathomable,” Denner said. “This community is enduring a lot of pain.”

At press time, a GoFundMe page for the family had raised more than $230,000. Anyone interested in making a donation or leaving a message of caring online can visit gofundme.com and search for “Connolly fire.”

Also at press time, all of the slots to either cook or purchase a meal for the family had been claimed on a TakeThemAMeal page for the Connollys.