MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Funerals were held Friday for the two fourth graders who died when a land slide buried them under dirt and rocks during a field trip Wednesday in Lilydale Park.
Family and friends attended services for Haysem Sani and Mohamed Fofana, as a growing memorial continues to expand at the two boys’ school, Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park.
Gov. Mark Dayton attended and shared a message helping the children to understand death through a personal story of his own. He told the story of how he lost his best friend in an accident similar to the one that took place at Lilydale.
“I wish I could say something to make it all better, and I wish I could explain something as to why this terrible thing happened,” he said. “I can’t. But I know, looking and seeing all of you, Haysem and Mohamed’s spirits will be carried on through all of you.”
He continued on: “If you want to cry, cry. If you feel sad, feel sad. Remember the good things and time you spent with your friends.”
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports