Vigil to remember boy, 7, killed in Anchorage crash
An Anchorage school will be hosting a candlelight vigil Thursday night in memory of a child killed in a car crash on O’Malley Road last week.
The 5:30 p.m. event remembering the life of 7-year-old Markian Basargin will take place at Chinook Elementary School on West 88th Avenue, where Anchorage School District officials said he was a second-grade student.
“His services were in Anchor Point and many from the Chinook family could not attend so they are hosting the event at the school,” spokeswoman Catherine Esary wrote.
Esary said Thursday’s vigil is open to the public.
“He really didn’t have family here, and the principal and the teachers came together to do this for him,” Esary said. “It’s just a way for the school to acknowledge the importance of every child at the school, and to acknowledge his family and to bring the school and the school community together."
According to a GoFundMe page to help cover the Basargins’ expenses, Markian was riding with his brother Matthew in a car driven by their mother Fenya.
“Fenya and Matthew are still recovering in the hospital from serious injuries,” organizers wrote. “Markian was a sweet boy who always lit up the room and was full of life and energy. His eighth birthday would have been next week.”
Anchorage police said that the Basargins’ Honda Accord was headed west on O’Malley Road near Lake Otis Parkway at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, when a Ford Explorer heading east on O’Malley made a left turn onto Lake Otis. The Accord had a green light, and the Explorer had a flashing yellow light.
The Basargins, as well as the Explorer’s driver, were all injured. Markian later died at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said APD wouldn’t have any further comment on the collision pending the results of toxicology testing expected in the next few weeks.
Candles will be provided at Thursday’s vigil, where visitors will be asked to walk three laps around a path in woods near the school. A song and an appreciation of Markian’s life by his parents will follow, with hot chocolate served inside the school afterward.
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Scott Jensen and Joe Vigil contributed information to this story.
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