Candlelight vigil for Surrey school teen killed in storm

A candlelight vigil is expected on Friday for Surrey’s young Shakir Salaam who was killed in last week’s storm near Clayton Heights Secondary school. It will take place at  Clayton Heights Secondary (7003 188th St., Surrey) at 7:00 pm in the school’s common area.


Shakir Salaam’s family requests that media refrain from reporting too close to the ceremony.  Shakir died after a tree fell on him at Clayton Heights Secondary School just before 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Thomas said when first responders arrived they found Shakir in a wooded area near the school, with a tree on top of him. At the time, a wind warning from Environment Canada was in effect. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance but didn’t survive.  Soon after, a donation page was started to raise money in Shakir’s honour for a variety of memorial initiatives.  It has raised more than $23,000 so far.

Local mom Tammy Larson started the campaign and told the Now she did so because “this could have been any of our kids.”   “My son goes to Clayton Heights Secondary school and he was in the portables just an hour before,” said Larson. “We never expect to send our kid to school and never to see them alive again.”

The vigil couldn’t have happened without the community’s support, said Larson.