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A Community in Mourning

Tony Borcia, 10, was struck by a boat on Petite Lake in Lake Villa.

The Libertyville community was confronted with some sad news this weekend as residents learned that 10-year-old Tony Borcia was killed in a boating accident.

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It's always sad to see a young life cut short. , who was a student at . Superintendent Guy Schumacher called him a "bright, happy boy who loved going to school, spoke proudly of his siblings, and showed a genuine love for his family and friends."

Candice Kehoe, principal of Butterfield School, said "Tony was well-liked by the students and loved by the staff. Entering fifth grade, Tony was to be a leader. Butterfield's family has experienced a great loss."

The greatest loss is undoubtedly being felt by Tony's family and friends.

Please join me in expressing sincere condolences to Tony's family and friends, and wishing them strength in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Feel free to share your own message in the comment section below.

PHYLLIS July 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I saw a picture of this beautiful child, Tony, on another site. I don't know your family, but my heart is breaking at your loss. ( I am a mother of 4 and grandmother of 10.) You are in my prayers.......may God hold you in his loving arms and give you strength.
Jan Leasure July 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It is with great sadness that I offer my most sincere condolences to the entire Borcia family. This is just a senseless tragedy.
Korrina Grom (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Thank you for these beautiful comments. Here's another that a woman wrote on the Libertyville Patch Facebook page: "Very sad. Prayers to his family."
Bethanie Kraft July 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Jim, Margaret, Erin & the rest of the Borcia Family - We are sending you thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We were so upset to hear the news. Tony was always so sweet to Emma when she visited your home. Stay strong through this devastating time and know there are many people thinking and praying for you all. Beth, Dan, Emma & family
Korrina Grom (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
A reader left this comment on our original story about Tony: "I do not understand the 'greater plan' for our world. My deep condolences are with your entire family. My prayers are with you all. May Angel Tony some day help you find Peace. Billy"
Sarah July 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I cried when I read this story and when I saw Tony's picture. Such a beautiful child with a smile that certainly lit up the world. We left the chain for Lake Michigan where accidents are less likely to happen. The chain was always crowded and most of the drivers drinking and their judgement impaired. The chain needs to be monitored and boaters stopped and tested.

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