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Family of teen killed at 2013 Carnival hoping to raise funds

Rueshad Grant's family is being sued for funeral costs

The Toronto Star reports the family of 18-year-old man who died during last year's Caribbean Carnival parade is suing the organizers for negligence, but before that's settled, outstanding funeral costs must be covered.

On August 3 2013, Rueshad Grant of Mississauga suffered life-threatening injuries after he was dragged under a parade float trailer.  He died later in hospital.

Grant's family is pursuing a wrongful death claim against the carnival organizers and the driver of the float, but the family's lawyer believes the settlement could take another year or two.

For now, the family is hoping to raise $35,000 through an internet site to cover the funeral and headstone.  They're being sued by the funeral home for the outstanding costs.

A candlelight vigil will take place Sunday at Lakeshore Road and Dowling Avenue at 8pm.

Since the young man's death, Carnival spokesperson Stephen Weir says they've improved safety precautions.

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