Memorial held for Daron Richardson
OTTAWA -- The memorial for the daughter of Ottawa Senators assistant Luke Richardson was held in the hockey arena Wednesday.
Mourners, including busloads of students, filled Scotiabank Place for a public service for 14-year-old Daron Richardson. The teen committed suicide on Friday.
The family "openly shared the circumstances of her death to remove the stigma of pain and fear associated with suicide," Roshene Lawson, chaplain of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, told TSN. About 5,600 people attended the service, the Canadian news station reported.
The Senators delayed a scheduled trip to Raleigh, N.C., to attend the memorial. The team will fly out afterward for the Wednesday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson, a strong advocate for mental-health causes, says the team didn't hesitate to change its travel plans.
The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the youth program of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.
Luke Richardson played 21 seasons in the NHL before retiring in 2008.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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