Ansonia Community Comes Together After Deaths of 6-Year-Olds

The Ansonia community is in mourning after two 6-year-old girls died in separate car crashes just days apart.

Nyah Marcano, a student at the Prendergast School, and Leah Rondon, a Mead School student, would each have entered first grade this week, according to Ansonia public schools.

Nyah died Tuesday after she was ejected from an SUV the rolled over on Route 8 in Shelton and tumbled down an embankment.

Leah died Thursday night when she was struck by a car while playing at a friend's house in Ansonia. She was pronounced dead at Griffin Hospital, according to police.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of these two children," Ansonia superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone said in a statement posted on the school system website.

Grief counselors will be available today and next week at both the Prendergast and Mead schools. Parents who would like to take advantage of the services are asked to call the Mead School at 203-736-5090 or the Prendergast School at 203-736-5080.

The Ansonia Police Department and the Ansonia Fire Department are working with the school district and Mayor David Cassetti to offer support to the families.

A ziti dinner fundraiser is planned for next week at Ansonia High School.

Community members have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Nyah's funeral expenses.

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