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Thursday, September 24 Local

Thousands raised for family of Shelton deadly crash victim

BRIDGEPORT — In an outpouring of community support, thousands of dollars have been raised for one of the victims of the deadly crash in Shelton on Feb. 9.

A GoFundMe was created on Monday by Hannah Perry, who described herself as a close friend of the family of Lily Pirulli, of Monroe.

The 20-year-old was killed in a crash on River Road along with 31-year-old Adrian Miles, of Ansonia.

Miles and Pirulli were two of four people in a BMW that collided with a Toyota RAV4 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 on River Road. The crash shut down a stretch of River Road for about eight hours.

“I wanted to start this fundraiser to support the Pirulli family during this time of unthinkable pain,” Perry said in the GoFundMe description. “Our hearts are so heavy at the loss of Lily.”

“While the Pirulli family face such an unthinkable tragedy, we ask that you take a moment to share a memory, make a donation in Lily’s honor or simply to share this post,” Perry added.

As of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 268 donors raised $15,087 to cover Pirulli’s funeral costs. Perry said all proceeds are going directly to the Pirulli family.

“No one will ever forget Lily and I just know she is shining bright and appreciating how you are all comforting her family when they need it the most,” Perry said.

Pirulli was the daughter of Bridgeport Police Officer Mario Pirulli, who has been on the city’s police force since October 1993.

In her obituary, it said Pirulli — the daughter of Mario and Lana Pirulli — was a natural-born entrepreneur. It said she was the loving mother to Nora the cat.

“Lily’s passion was fashion and she was currently a sales associate in the gowns department at Bloomingdales in Norwalk ... where she excelled at her craft,” the obituary said.

It said Pirulli even started a family business, Archival Thrift, where she “flourished as a personal stylist.”

“No matter where she went, she found friends and family,” the obituary said. “She emanated love, positivity, light and joy. All in her presence were so very blessed to share her glow.”

The obituary said Lily is survived by her parents, a grandparent, her sisters and her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, “along with all those who fell in love with her along the way.”

Friends are welcome to call Saturday in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home on Washington Avenue in Bridgeport from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a celebration of life for Pirulli Sunday afternoon at Kingdom of Life Christian Church in Milford.

Online condolences can be left at www.parentelauro.com.

Anyone with any information about the accident is asked to contact the Shelton Police Department Traffic Division at 203-924-1544.

Tara O'Neill|Breaking News Reporter

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