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Slater Funeral Home Still Accepting Toy Trucks for Mauling Victim

William Slater II Funeral Service in Scott will continue for the immediate future to collect toy construction trucks in memory of Maddox Derkosh, who was mauled to death at the Pittsburgh Zoo earlier this month.

William Slater II Funeral Service in Scott Township, the place where friends and family visited 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh on Thursday after his tragic death at the Pittsburgh Zoo, will continue for the immediate future to collect toy construction trucks to be donated to a children's Christmas charity in Maddox's memory.

Original plans were to collect trucks at Slater Funeral Service through Thursday, but a representative of the funeral service said on Friday that the toys collection will continue "indefinitely."

The same can be said for the Whitehall Police Department, which serves the Derkosh family's home municipality of Whitehall Borough. A representative of the police station said that trucks can continue to be dropped off at the station.

Maddox's grandparents are residents of Dormont Borough.

Maddox was visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo with his mother on Sunday, Nov. 4, when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of an African painted dogs exhibit. He was mauled to death by the dogs.

A group of families who belong to Whitehall's St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Parish have started a Facebook page to raise funds for the Derkosh family.

fc November 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
<3 So kind of you, Slaters! <3
Valerie Radtke November 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
such a nice thing to do in memory of Maddox

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