Hundreds of broken-hearted Duxbury community members sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at a vigil as others boosted a GoFundMe page with donations as this town tries to cope with deep sadness.
A mom is accused of killing her two of her children as a third clings to life. A husband is left to try and pick up the pieces and the town’s residents just want to help.
“I put myself in her shoes, and I’m just sad,” said Shaylee Alberghina, who attended last night’s gathering at Holy Family Church with her 6-year-old. “It just hits home.”
The community remains shattered following Tuesday’s devastating tragedy in which 32-year-old mother Lindsay Clancy is accused of strangling her 5-year-old daughter, Cora, and 3-year-old son, Dawson, to death inside their Summer Street home.
Clancy’s 7-month-old infant son, also allegedly strangled, remained in critical condition Thursday night at a Boston hospital, while Clancy, who attempted suicide following the alleged slayings, remains hospitalized in serious condition, the Very Rev. Robert J. Deehan said during the 20-minute vigil.
“Before this tragic event, they were a happy and loving family,” Deehan said. “Sadly, the struggle Lindsay had in trying to deal with mental illness became overwhelming which led to such devastating results.”
Clancy’s love for children is evident as nearly every picture she posted on her Facebook profile is of her and children.
In a picture of Cora and Dawson posted two days before Christmas 2019, Clancy wrote: “I feel like the luckiest mama in the whole wide world.” Though more recent pictures were without captions, Clancy is shown smiling with them.
Thursday’s vigil brought residents of all ages, young and old, to the church on Tremont Street, 2 miles away from Clancy’s gray gambrel-style home, where a massive makeshift memorial of flowers and stuffed animals has formed.
Matthew Glaser, an extended family member of the Clancys, was the one who started the GoFundMe page. The goal is to raise $250,000 to help the father, Patrick Clancy, pay for medical bills, funeral services and legal help.
The GoFundMe received incredible community support within its early hours, raising roughly $167,000 from nearly 2,000 donors, including Bruins player Charlie McAvoy, shortly before 6 p.m. The funds increased significantly every few minutes.
“This assistance is especially needed because Pat will be unable to work for the foreseeable future as he weathers this painful, life-altering tragedy,” Glaser said on the fundraiser’s page.
Seeing a strong urge from the community to donate, Police Chief Michael Carbone said his department is “well equipped” to support his officers and redirected residents to donate to other community groups.
Fire Chief Robert Reardon said his department has brought in professional help for first responders in town and in neighboring communities who responded to the “unimaginable” scene Tuesday.
“For the family of these children,” long-time resident Diane Monaghan said before heading into the vigil, “I know that they will maybe gain some strength from the support they’ll get, but there’s still a long road ahead for them.”