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Community Holds Vigil To Remember Slain Child 

It was a little more than a week ago Bangor Police announced the death of 15-month-old Damien Christopher Lynn was murder. Tuesday at Cascade Park in Bangor, people will gather to grieve and remember a life cut far too short. “Tonight is really all about the life of Damien,” says Kati McCarthy of Spruce Run, “and I think it gives the community three opportunities. One is to celebrate the life of damien. Two is to show support for that family who is going through a horrible tragedy and the third one is a chance to stand together and say this kind of abuse should never have happened in our community and it is not okay with us. Leslie Collagan, one of the organizers of the vigil, has a 2 1/2 year old son of her own. She says the news of Damien’s death struck her instantly. “It shocked me,” she says, “I was overwhelmed and just outraged and I had to focus that energy somewhere and this idea came to mind and it’s a great place to focus it.” Organizers initially thought around 100 people would show up, now they expect twice that, including speakers from Spruce Run who will urge people to take a stand against domestic violence. “It’s not something that happens behind closed doors and doesn’t affect any of us, it affects all of us.””I just hope that more people become aware for what happened,” says Collagan, “and to see so many people take a stand against violence and to know we are not going to forget Damien.”If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic abuse you can call Spruce Run’s 24-hour hotline at, 1-800-863-9909.