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Community gathers to remember Troy Erving at vigil


Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 7:40 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Family and friends gathered Tuesday night to honor 10-year-old Troy Erving.

Erving was killed in a hit-and-run crash one week ago.

Purple and silver balloons filled the sky as many in the community came together at the corner of Glen Oak avenue and Northeast Starr Terrace to pay respects to Erving.

Erving was riding his bike last Tuesday around 7 p.m. when he was struck by a driver.

Erving spent two days in the hospital and in critical condition and died of his injuries Friday morning.

Erving was a fifth-grader at Lincoln Middle School.

Erving’s mother Ariel Ivory said he was an adventurous kid, full of life and loved by many.

“Loving, giving boy which he was,” Ivory said.

“Very energetic. I promise, soon as he step in a room, they fall straight in love with him,” she added.

25 News also spoke with Erving’s older sister just before the vigil and she said her little brother was funny and energetic, often doing Tik-Toks with her little brother dancing and having fun.

Family members have created a GoFundMe to cover the costs of Erving’s funeral.

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