SHEFFIELD LAKE, OH - Candlelight vigils are planned this week to remember the life of Sidney Heidrick, the 4-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Erie this weekend.
Sidney wandered away from his grandparents' home in Sheffield Lake Friday at around 4:30 p.m. After an exhaustive search by police, the FBI, the Coast Guard and hundreds of volunteers, Sidney was found in the lake near the house Saturday afternoon.
People have been coming to the dock near where the little boy was found to pay their respects, and a memorial has taken shape there.
***watch the video above to see how people are paying their respects to Sidney***
Friends and family are sharing their memories of Sidney on a special Facebook page titled "In Memory of Sidney Heidrick".
In addition, there are two candlelight vigils planned to honor his memory. The first one is planned for tonight, Sunday July 26th at 8:30 p.m. It will be held in the grassy area in the front of BAYarts on Lake Road (28795 Lake Road). Sidney lived in Bay Village with his family.
Another vigil is planned for Tuesday, July 28th at Shell Cove Park on Lake Road in Sheffield Lake. This will be at 8 p.m. Organizers are asking that attendees bring their own candles and to park on side streets, since Lake Road is a major street and police would like to keep it as clear to traffic as possible.
For more information on Tuesday's vigil, visit the event page: Candle Light Vigil for Sidney.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family during this time. Friends are hoping this will help cover any "funeral expenses, bills, and support the family for any time off they need to take from work." Click here to visit that page.