Vigil Honoring Recovering Perry Hall Shooting Victim Postponed

A candlelight service for Daniel Borowy, originally planned for either Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 at Perry Hall High School, has been postponed until he can attend.

A candlelight vigil honoring , the 17-year-old victim of a , has been postponed until further notice. It was originally planned for either Friday, Aug. 31 or Saturday, Sept. 1.

A group of local school officials, police commanders, elected officials and community members held a meeting at the high school on Thursday afternoon, where they decided to reschedule the event for when Borowy is well enough to attend, according to .

Borowy, a special needs student, was shot in the lower back, allegedly by 15-year-old , in the school cafeteria Monday morning, police said. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma and remained hospitalized into Thursday.

While family members believe Borowy is improving, Marks said, he may not be ready to attend an event at the school until October.

Borowy was first honored during a Monday night at St. Michael Lutheran Church. Students held another prayer service around Perry Hall High School's flag pole Tuesday morning, where many students wore homemade T-shirts that read "Pray for Daniel" and "Stay Strong Daniel." Signs in support of Borowy remained on the school's lawn into Thursday.

Support has also surfaced through multiple Facebook groups and potentially thousands of Twitter messages. A to get pop star Lady Gaga to visit Borowy pushed the hashtag #GagaVisitDaniel into a top trending slot on Tuesday.

Community groups, including the Perry Hall High Alumni Association and the Perry Hall High School Class of 1997, have also begun raising money for the victim's family. More information is available on www.perryhallgrads.com and the Facebook page.

DougW August 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Please change this article to remove the word "memorial service" from the sub headline and from the article. A memorial service is held for someone who has died. I very much hope that Daniel is still with us and on the mend. Call it a homecoming, call it a praise or a thanksgiving service but not a memorial. Please.
Deane. August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM
It is not a "memorial" service unless someone has died!
VWK August 31, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Ditto here. My heart sank for a second when I read the headines. I thought the worst had happened. The service is to honor him.
Emily Kimball (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 01:13 PM
We have updated the language to remove the word memorial. Thank you for sharing your concerns.
Gary Staab August 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Yes, I thought the same thing when I saw it. I thought he had passed.
Sean Welsh August 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thanks for commenting everyone. We've updated the wording of the sub-headline to read more accurately. -Sean
VWK August 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I think the service is a great idea, and even better to wait until Daniel can attend. In the meantime, is there an address where we can send him cards and letters?
Lisa Eisemann August 31, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Please call and check with the school first, obviously, but I would suggest sendng them to PHHS - they will forward them to the family.
John Mohan August 31, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Please be aware, the "memorial service" language still showed up when I recommended this on Facebook. Not sure where it's coming from since you already have updated the article.
April S. August 31, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Please remove "memorial service" i seriously thought he had died!
linda morgan August 31, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I thought the same thing...I thought he died ...someone messed up at Patch...still love ur newsletters
Jamie Deitrich August 31, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Maybe we should wait n see if GaGa will attend
Eric Martin August 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I certainly hope the planners for this event keep in mind that Daniel may not wish to attend an event that will remind him of the shooting. He may have to relive it in court as it is. Just sayin...
Tim August 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I personally feel the whole idea of having a vigil to begin with is a bit over the top. Daniel's going to make a full recovery. He's going to be better. Pray for the kid in whatever private way you wish, but the best thing his fellow students can do is be uber nice to the kid the rest of his time in Perry Hall HS. I'm supremely confident he'd be much happier with that. Help his family out with fundraising for medical expenses, do all that standard stuff. Vigils are for people who die or are close to death. Yeah, I know there are exceptions. Let's be honest though, when someone uses the phrase "candlelight vigil", what's the first thing that pops in your head?
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Actually Tim when I read about it earlier this week I understood it was a time to pray for not only Daniel and his family but all the people directly effected by the shooting. It was a chance for the school, alumni, and community to come together and support one another. The people working on this have been working very hard and I think it is great of them. They did plan on doing fundraising that night and as soon as they knew they needed to wait they let people know how they could donate to Daniel's family to cover all the expenses.
Gregg Roberts September 01, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I agree with Jeanne and would add this truly makes no sense. Is it too much to ask to have a vigil and a homecoming event for a student who was shot at school? Of course there should be an event welcoming him back but what about one where people are praying and or hoping for his recovery, showing solidarity with him and his family and fundraising? There should be a vigil like this every week until he is better. Or is the whole point for ''us'' to feel good about ourselves not real concern for his well-being?
Tim September 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I am confident you're in the minority. Ask people off the street what they think of, immediately, when you say candlelight vigil and in what context. Again, I'm not suggesting you don't pray for the kid if you are the praying type. They have Churches for that and as is in our country, you can also pray in whatever way you wish. I am suggesting that if anyone, especially fellow students, want to do something really, really nice for him - don't do this. Make him the homecoming king at the next dance. He'll enjoy that way more.
Jeanne September 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Tim I think you are missing the point. The idea behind this is to give the most prayers/thoughts to Daiel because he was injured. Prayers/thoughts also were to go out to everyone that was at the school that day, their famlies, the alumni, the community, etc..... I did light a candle tonight at my house and pray for all the above mentioned people and more. A candlelight Vigil can be for many reasons and it is caring people coming together for a joint effort. As far as making Daniel the Homecoming King at the next dance do you really think he will be physically up to coming to the dance? Daniel is doing well but has a long road in front of him to recover 100%. I think this is great of the people that are running it and when we all can do it together it will be a special time.
Donna Bartlett September 05, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I agree with Jeanne and Gregg.


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