Community unites in grief for Kiara

A GREIF stricken community have pulled together and started a collection in memory of Kiara Stevenson-Mann who was killed in a road accident.Traders in Reynolds Road, Ipswich, say the mood around the Greenwich Estate is still very somber after Thursday tragic accident, which saw a five-year-old cyclist killed.

A GREIF stricken community have pulled together and started a collection in memory of Kiara Stevenson-Mann who was killed in a road accident.

Traders in Reynolds Road, Ipswich, say the mood around the Greenwich Estate is still very somber after Thursday tragic accident, which saw a five-year-old cyclist killed.

In a bid to convey their sympathy some shops have started collections.

Debra Garwood a shop assistant at the Spar said "We just want to do a little something to try and help the parents at this awful time and to show them we are thinking about them".

"We have put a collection box by the till and hopefully will be able to raise some money for the family. We are waiting to hear the funeral details and we will then pass the money onto the family so they can decide what to do with it."

Mrs Garwood, whose grandson was in the same class as Kiara said how her grandson had received a party invitation for what would have been the girl's birthday celebration tomorrow.

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Today more tributes marked the spot of the accident and there remains a great sense of loss as people stopped and paid their respects and read the dozens of messages that have been left.

A shop assistant One.Stop Convenience Store, who did not wish to be named, said; "The manager is waiting to see what other traders do before starting a collection and to hear what the family's wishes are. The spirit is starting to rally and pick up compared to Thursday where the whole community was obviously down and many people in tears."

Richard Lilley, owner of Lilley's Greengrocers said; "We haven't started a collection yet but I understand some shops have. It is still early days and the mood is still very raw which is to be expected. People are still extremely upset and continuing to talk about last weeks accident".

A police investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. Scene of crime officers who took measurements from the scene are continuing to look at the evidence to try and establish the exact cause of the accident.

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