STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of people shared their grief and support Thursday night for a Stoughton family whose young son died this week. 10-year-old Michael Iverson was killed Monday evening by a suspected drunk driver. He and his family were driving home after a volleyball game in Monroe.
Organizers of Thursday night's candlelight ceremony say the turnout was simply overwhelming. The parking lot at Mandt Park filled up quickly and so did the bleachers. The overflow of supporters had to move into the nearby field. The group lit candles and held moments of silence during the ceremony.
Officials who responded to Monday night's accident say Michael Iverson died on scene. Both his siblings received minor injuries. Their father Matthew is still in the hospital and is now in stable condition. The community is rallying to help the Iverson family any way they can.
"Everyone is saying what can I do? What can I do? I've got hundreds of Facebook posts like every hour and I'm trying to stay on top of them. People are just asking, please, anything I can do to help? It's just wonderful," community organizer Katie Bridgwater says.
Community members have set up donation boxes at numerous businesses in the area. As of Thursday night they had collected more than $500. There is also a memorial fund at Associated Bank as well a garage sale and lemonade stand to raise money for the family.
Thursday night's ceremony was also held in remembrance of a 15-year-old Stoughton boy who died earlier this week.
STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- There's a vigil Thursday night for the Stoughton fifth-grader killed in an accident Monday evening.
Michael Iverson, 10, was killed when the car he was in was side-swiped by a pick-up truck in Green County. His brother, 7, and sister, 13 were in the minivan at the time too. They had minor injuries. Michael's father, Matthew Iverson, who was driving, was seriously hurt but is now in fair condition at UW Hospital.
Police arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of drunk driving. Investigators say he crossed the center line and hit the Iverson's minivan.
The vigil Thursday starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mandt Park in Stoughton. A memorial fund has also been set up. People can donate at any Associated Bank in Wisconsin.
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