Toronto park renamed for Elijah Marsh, 3-year-old who died in the cold in 2015

Sat, Feb 28, 2015: A public service was held for the three-year-old boy who died after wandering out in the cold by himself in the middle of the night. Family, friends and people with no connection at all came out to give their last respects to Elijah Marsh. Cindy Pom reports.

TORONTO – A Toronto park has been renamed to honour three-year-old Elijah Marsh who wandered away from home and died on a cold winter morning three years ago.

Rajah Park, located near Bathurst Street and Highway 401, is now known as Elijah Park.

“My reaction to the park was that I was shocked that everybody had initiated it and that it was already underway and they asked for our blessing. This is first park that I took him to, so it was an amazing way and a special way to honour him … I was very happy,” Georgette Marsh, Elijah’s mother, said Tuesday evening.

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Elijah walked out of his grandmother’s apartment building early on a February morning in 2015 and was found dead about six hours later in a nearby backyard.

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Security camera video showed Elijah — dressed only in a shirt, diaper and winter boots — pushing his way through the building’s front doors at about 4 a.m. when temperatures had fallen to about -20 C.

The official “unveiling” of the new name and park sign happened Tuesday evening.

— With files from Kamil Karamali