Benefit for fire victims' families raises almost $14,000

Ryan Ross
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The families of three teens who died in a fire in March will be getting help from the community thanks to more than $13,800 raised through a recent benefit concert.

Last month, hundreds of Islanders attended the benefit at Montague Regional High School in support of the families of Joey Reeves, Brandon MacKinnon and Kenneth Irving, who died in a fire at an abandoned building in Charlottetown.

The benefit raised $8,814.15, plus $5,000 Scotiabank donated.

Reeves, MacKinnon and Irving were in the abandoned building with a fourth teen, Brandon Quinn, on March 29 when it is believed they lit a fire to stay warm.

Quinn managed to get out of the building after suffering severe burns and was the only survivor.

The investigators looking into the fire have since classified it as undetermined because they haven’t identified an ignition source.

Money from the benefit will go to the victims’ families, including Reeves’s one-year-old son.

Organizations: Montague Regional High School, Scotiabank

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • B
    May 07, 2014 - 20:39

    I am "from away" and I find this island is full of small minded people. The one who attacked the person who slammed the person for asking a simple question is a good example.

  • from here.
    May 07, 2014 - 12:06

    Wayne, you're from away you wouldn't understand. People like you are the reason the term "from away" is used. Bad choice to choose to voice your opinion on an article based on the death of children. You probably don't realize because you aren't from here but everyone on PEI are very close, it is a small place. When a tragedy such as this occurs, people want to do anything they can to help the families out for funeral costs, etc. Please do us a favor and get your cold hearted self off our island.

    • IslandTime
      May 07, 2014 - 15:06

      @from here - lighten up. He was just asking a question. Explaining rather than name calling might make for a better impression of Islanders.

  • Wayne
    May 07, 2014 - 08:55

    I am just curious as to why every time someone on PEI passes away they have a benefit? Maybe I'm ignorant to something but we don't do that in Kelowna. What is the raised money for? Do islanders not buy life insurance?

    • Amanda
      May 07, 2014 - 09:25

      Wayne, I suppose that growing up in a small community affords its citizens a close relationship with others in that community and people typically want to help out. You do realize that these were children that died correct? How many 15 year old children have life insurance.

    • huh
      May 07, 2014 - 13:09

      Every time someone on PEI passes away there's a benefit? First I've heard of that. Benefits for tragedies and/or unfortunate victims of circumstance, yes.

    • True Colors
      May 07, 2014 - 13:10

      Unfortunately PEI is riddled with entitled, self righteous people who don't like to hold themselves accountable. So, we now have benefits here everytime someone farts sideways. I am sure if Wayne does read the replies from these salt of the earth Islanders he will be extra thankful that he is indeed, "from away".

    • a
      May 07, 2014 - 14:31

      @ Amanda. As soon as you have a child you should put around $25k life insurance on them. If your kid were to die and you plan on having funeral/wake/casket etc, then you would need around $10k+ to pay it.

    • Honest Answer
      May 08, 2014 - 02:54

      Benefits are a great way for professional do-gooders go out and raise money and make themselves look good in the eyes of their followers. Some people make a career or second income by hosting these events. Raised money tends to be labeled for the "families expenses" and depending the reason, social services may or may not look at it as income and take the equal amount off of social checks. For example a young mother had no less then 8 benefits to put a headstone on her son's grave. (To date no head stone is there) As for kids not having insurance, insurance is offered to every child through the school system at an extremely low and reasonable rate or there is no excuse not to have it at any age. All that said, benefits are a great way for communities to get together and support those who honestly need our support.