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Vigil, fundraiser set for 2 boys who drowned in Brockton lake

"Let us show this family how our community can come together to provide love and support."

Bri Nichols (left) lit candles as Michael Nunes (center) and his wife, Marlene, placed flowers at a makeshift memorial at Waldo Lake in D.W. Field Park, where two boys drowned Saturday night. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

A candlelight vigil honoring two boys who drowned in a Brockton lake on Saturday is scheduled for Monday night, as community members work to raise money to support the family’s funeral expenses.

Rafael Andrande, 13, and Tiago Depina, 12, two cousins, were pronounced dead after divers pulled their bodies from the waters of Waldo Lake on Saturday night.

One of the boys, as the pair skipped rocks across the water’s surface, had slipped into an underwater drop-off, and the other attempted to save him, officials said.

Neither of the two boys knew how to swim, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, who said Sunday the investigation was still ongoing. No foul play is suspected, Cruz said.

“As a community, we are saddened by the tragic loss of these young boys,” reads a GoFundMe online fundraiser page created Sunday to support the family. “We are organizing this fund to assist the family with the cost for funerals and burial services.”

As of early Monday afternoon, the effort had raised over $10,000 — more than halfway to its $20,000 goal.

“Please donate whatever you are able, every cent counts!” the page reads. “Let us show this family how our community can come together to provide love and support. We thank you in advance for your support.”

Organizers also advertised a candlelight vigil for the two boys, set for Monday at 8 p.m. in D.W. Field Park.

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