KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) – At Davis Park in the center of town, a community came together Friday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the death of a teenager from the area who was taken to soon.
Earlier this month, 16-year-old Matthew Regula was killed in an accidental shooting in this town. According to police, it all happened in an incident where a firearm was “recklessly” pointed in the direction of Regula. The man who pulled the trigger, 22-year-old Kyle Carney, had been charged by police with second-degree manslaughter with a firearm and second-degree reckless endangerment. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 11.
Those who stopped by shared memories of Regula and offered one another words of support.
One person who spoke said Regula had been, “part of my family long enough where he is my family.”
Another vigil participant, Dawn Mayo, described him as a “very good family friend.”
Organizers of Friday’s vigil say their work to support those impacted by his death is only just beginning. A fundraiser pot luck buffet will be held at the “Music Lady Cafe” in Moosup on Aug. 24. The cost of admission is $15 a person or $25 for a couple. For more information, to Facebook.