Updated:ALIQUIPPA, Pa. —
On Monday night, the community of Aliquippa rallied behind the parents of two young girls killed in a tragic accident over the weekend.
Ryeley Beatty, 3, and Brookyln Beatty, 2, both died after a dresser fell on top of them Friday while they were playing in a bedroom at their Aliquippa home.
Neighbors and community members organized a candlelight vigil for the Beatty girls Monday night. The vigil was held in front of the family’s Irwin Street home.
“They were the greatest little girls in the world. I loved them,” said the Beatty girls’ father, David Beatty.
Police told Channel 11's Amy Marcinkiewicz that the toddlers were playing on the dresser when the accident happened. The coroner told Marcinkiewicz the toddlers suffocated and ruled the incident an accident.
Brooklyn died Friday, and Ryeley died Sunday at Children’s Hospital.
“I would like to thank everybody, especially the first responders and everybody at Children’s who helped us,” said David Beatty.
Neighbors arranged a table of stuffed animals and candles at the vigil, Channel 11's Pamela Osborne reported. They also covered a fence with photographs of the girls.
Donations are also being collected to pay for the girls’ funeral costs and medical bills. You can donate HERE.
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