Vigil for Abby Anderson postponed; community continues to band together
The Trumbull High community continues to mourn the loss of sophomore cheerleader, Abigail Anderson.
Friends planned to gather Wednesday night for a vigil at Trumbull High, following calling hours, but the vigil has been postponed and will be moved to another time, according to students.
Students and community members alike posted on Twitter and Facebook this week with the message “#TrumbullStrong.”
“The way our community has taken this tragedy and transformed it into such immense love and support creates so much hope,” one Twitter user wrote.
Trumbull Varsity Cheerleaders were creating T-shirts this week in Abby’s memory, that read “Forever on our team, forever in our hearts. Trumbull Strong.”
At Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Gary Cialfi updated the board on the school’s response, saying the Anderson family remained in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
Board Chair Deborah Herbst thanked school staff for rallying behind students and said it was incredible to see all the support for students on Sunday.
“I want to commend you and the staff for pulling together on a weekend,” Herbst said. “People came out in droves to support our kids.”
Counseling services are still available for students and the Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center is offering free support for families and students dealing with Abby’s death.
The center is open year-round and appointments may be made by calling 203-261-5110 or 203-452-5193. All services are confidential.
Principal Guarino also directed students and parents to crisis services for children and youth through the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS), which may be reached by dialing 211. The service is available 24/7 and crisis staff will link callers to the appropriate services.
Calling hours for friends and family are Wednesday night and a memorial mass is set for Thursday morning. See the obituary here.