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A memorial for Caleb Canterbury, 4, at Bedico Supermarket includes stuffed animals, flowers and a Spiderman mask.

Donations will cover funeral costs for the 4-year-old boy who died as a result of an accident involving a vehicle Friday at the Bedico Supermarket parking lot on Highway 22.

A Go Fund Me account was set up this weekend to raise $15,000 for Amanda and James Canterbury, parents of Caleb Canterbury. The campaign has surpassed its initial goal and has raised a total of $15,770.

“This is a pain no family should ever have to endure,” said Melissa Ojeda, of Madisonville, who is listed as the organizer of the fundraiser on the Go Fund Me page.

Amanda Canterbury thanked friends, family, and virtual strangers who have shown support during this difficult time.

“If I am unable to write everyone and say thank you, I’m sorry,” Amanda said. “But I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support.”

A spokesperson from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that the driver whose vehicle hit Caleb has not been ticketed, though there is an ongoing investigation and the office was expecting to receive surveillance footage Saturday.

The spokesperson said the boy was airlifted from the scene to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he later died.

In the wake of the tragedy, members of the community have gathered at the scene of the accident to create a memorial for Caleb and share their goodbyes.

The Blood Center on McKaskle Drive in Hammond is holding a blood drive in honor of Caleb. The drive will end Jan. 9.

“We want to take a moment to thank everyone in our community for your love to our Caleb,” Amanda said in a message on social media. “I realize every new thing that makes it to his spot daily. We come out every morning to tell him good morning and every night to say good night.”

Funeral services have been set for Friday afternoon at Collins Boulevard Baptist in Covington.

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