The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium reopened Tuesday after the death of a 2-year-old at the park.
The medical examiner said Maddox Derkosh bled to death after he fell into the African painted dogs exhibit on Sunday and was mauled by the animals. A small memorial of wreaths, flowers and stuffed animals began forming at the exhibit where the accident happened.
Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz spoke with the Derkosh family’s pastor about how the family is dealing with the tragedy.
"Right now is a tough one. A real tough one," the Rev. Dave Bonnar of St. Bernard Church said. "My first thought was unspeakable beyond words. My second thought was I wanted to pray for the family."
Bonnar baptized Maddox about two years ago, and will be the one to give his final eulogy on Friday.
"Parents aren't supposed to bury their children and grandparents aren't supposed to bury their grandchildren," Bonnar said. "There are a gamut of emotions with death, and nowhere is that truer than with a death of a child."
Bonnar said he plans on being there for the family as long as they need.
Meanwhile, a local woman is raising money to help the family of the boy pay for funeral expenses.
The Whitehall boy's funeral is Friday. One mom from Pittsburgh said she is heartbroken over the boy's loss and felt compelled to help the family.