Community packs Grosse Pointe Farms church to remember boys killed in fire

Logan, Briggs Connolly died in house fire Monday

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – A Grosse Pointe Farms church was packed Wednesday to remember two boys killed in a house fire.

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Logan Connolly, 9, and Briggs Connolly, 11, were killed Monday morning when a fire trapped them inside their Grosse Pointe home on Fisher Road between Kercheval and Mack avenues, according to authorities. Firefighters believe the fire appears to have started in the kitchen. Fire officials believe, but are not certain, that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning toaster.

The boys loved to play hockey. Their teammates, other members from across the league, family and friends attended the vigil at St. Paul Catholic Church & Rectory. So many people were at the vigil that the prayer service overflowed outside the church.

Boys -- 9 and 11 years old -- were killed in a house fire on Oct. 28, 2019 in Grosse Pointe.

Logan and Briggs’ father spoke at the vigil.

“I was told I didn’t have to come tonight, but this is what Logan and Briggs would want,” Walter Connolly said.

Connolly asked that attendees pray for the first person who arrived to the home as it burned, as well as first responders, the boys’ teachers, teammates, coaches and anyone who is in pain after the loss.

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