Family, Friends and Community Come Together at Collins Road Vigil

About 60 people gathered to recall Marcus Daley, an 11-year old fifth grader killed a week ago on Collins Avenue at Colonial Court.

Even with their candles lighted, it was difficult to make out a procession of mourners as they headed to Collins Road at the intersection of Colonial Court.

They walked on the shoulder of Collins Road as they approached because there are no sidewalks and no marked crosswalks over Collins.

On one side of Collins sits Mattix Run. On the opposite, Society Hill at Galloway II.

Marcus Daley died last Sunday night at 6:07 p.m., crossing darkened Collins Road between the two townhome developments.

A small memorial left at the base of a utility pole and another smaller memorial placed exactly on the place on Collins Avenue where the Roland Rogers Elementary School student was struck and killed grew as mourners added candles, flashlights, flowers and stuffed animals.

But it was difficult to see either memorial; there is no light on the utility pole. And there are no crosswalks over Collins.

According to , Daley was playing with friends last Sunday night around when he crossed into Collins Road, between Colonial Court and Society Hill Drive.

He was struck by a car driven by Lee Jones, 23, of Galloway. Jones stopped immediately and 911 calls were made.

Daley was treated and taken to , where he was pronounced dead.

Many of those who came out brought along their children. James Eason, a cousin of Marcus' from Pleasantville, estimated about half of those at the vigil were related to the little boy.

Galloway Police arrived after the vigil began, eventually placing cones and directing drivers to slow as they passed. They screamed at one driver who failed to heed their directions to keep their speed down.

Prayers were said. Marcus' mother, Sheree Evans, and father, Mark Daley, briefly spoke, remembering their son and thanking those who attended.


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