By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'
Sandpit Play Turns to Tragedy
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Two Airdrie children were found dead in a
sandpit near Bowden, AB, Wednesday, putting an end to a search which had
began the night before with police, family, search-and-rescue groups, dogs
The siblings and only children of Colin and Silvana Phillips, Vincent, 13,
and Riana, 11, had left their grandparents' house where they were staying
for the summer to search for swallows.
The children had apparently been innocently digging tunnels in the sandpit
when the walls collapsed on them, burying them alive. Front-end loaders,
backhoes and shovels were used to remove close to a tonne of sand before
they were found.
According to sources in the paper, the Phillips family were active members
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their faith will
help them pull through the "indescribable pain" they're feeling right now.
Though the family was spiritual and happy, they were not very well-off
financially; however, the parents were hard workers who taught their
A funeral was held for them yesterday in the Airdrie Meetinghouse, Airdrie, AB.
National Post, 16 Aug 2001
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