More than $6,000 has been raised to help the grieving family of a young man who was killed with his girlfriend when the motorcycle they were riding on crashed in Mississauga last week.
Mykel Henry-Wright, 24, whose dad is Jamaican, and passenger Cassie Tanovich, 22, died on August 28 when their motorcycle collided with a car around 8 p.m. in the Burnhamthorpe and Tomken Rds. area.
More than 500 people attended a memorial service last weekend for the “popular and well-liked” Henry-Wright at a Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Etobicoke.
The friends were out for a ride when they crashed into a vehicle that allegedly swerved into their lane. The 77-year-old driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.
“I am supposed to be planning a wedding and not a funeral,” Mykel’s grieving mom, Cheryl Wright, told Share. “No mother wants to have their child die before them.”
Henry-Wright, who leaves behind three younger brothers, was working as a carpenter on the expansion of the Sherway Gardens Mall.
“He was a great kid who always had a contagious smile on his face,” his mom said. “He loved people and lived life to the fullest.”
She said Mykel had been riding motorcycles for about three years and was a careful rider.
Wright, a single mom, was in tears after learning Mykel’s friends had raised more than $6,000 to help her with funeral expenses.
“It is very touching that his friends would raise all this money,” said Wright. “My son was like that, he was always helping people.”
She said Mykel had been living with and caring for his handicapped grandmother, who will be greatly affected by his death.
Friend Richard Gillingham said Mykel always had a big smile and touched many people.
“He was one of the most honest people you can ever meet,” said Gillingham, who has known Mykel since Grade 7. “He was into sports and loved playing hockey, basketball and especially fishing.”
Gillingham said his friend loved life and was always helping others.
“He helped me renovate my house,” he said. “He was so giving that he would give someone the shirt off his back.”
Some 200 well-wishers attended a fundraiser last weekend at NTB Lounge on Lake Shore Blvd. West where more than $2,500 was collected for the family.
“He was a great kid who stayed out of trouble,” said NTB owner, Romaine Andronyk. “He always had a big twinkle in his eyes.”
A campaign has also been launched online on a Go Get Funding site that has raised more than $3,200 in donations. Friends are hoping to raise about $20,000.
“I knew he had a lot of friends, but I didn’t think he had so many,” Gillingham said. “He touched a lot of people in his young life.”
There are dozens of emotional messages left by friends for Mykel on his web page.
“I remember little Myk from 9th Street,” wrote Lorne Mountain. “He was that rare type of person that seemed to be happy all the time.”
“Rest in peace Mykel. You were an amazing guy, always smiling,” said Sierra Firdausi.
“Another star to light the heavens,” wrote Sydney, Jody and Josh. “We are deeply sorry for your loss and our sincere condolences to your family.”
The OPP said there have been 28 motorcycle fatalities so far this year in Ontario. Police said there were 29 fatalities last year.
Donations can be made at http://gogetfunding.com/project/mykel-henry-wright-fundraiser