AM800 News has learned a LaSalle resident living in the Bahamas is among those killed by Hurricane Dorian.
The family of 27-year-old Alishia Liolli has confirmed that she is among the 20 victims reported in the aftermath of the storm.
The family is working with the federal government to gather more information.
Windsor West MP Brian Masse says Global Affairs Canada has a file on Alisha and is treating this as a recovery situation.
“We’re really sorry for the loss of Alisha and for the family suffering right now and her mother Mrs. McDonagh” explains Masse. “To have to feel this way and the powerlessness that is quite gripping.”
Statement from Global Affairs Canada:
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of the Canadian citizen who has died in the Bahamas in the area affected by Hurricane Dorian. Canadian consular officials are providing assistance to the family at this difficult time. Out of respect for the family, no further information will be released.
Global Affairs Canada is in contact with Canadians affected by Hurricane Dorian as well as their friends and families. Canadian government officials are providing consular services.
Family friend Sebastian Coppola has started a Go Fund Me page to help the family bring Alishia’s body home.
Coppola says the goal is to raise $25,000.
“Unfortunately it’s quite an expensive feat,” says Coppola. “They’ve been since informed by the government that it’s quite an expensive thing to do so we’re just hoping that we can pull together as a community and do the best we can to help out the family so Alishia can come on back and be laid to rest.”
He says since the page went live, the support from the community has been overwhelming.
“To see within minutes of putting that thing up to have people donate so soon and as much as they possibly can, it’s an amazing feeling” says Coppola.
Liolli leaves behind four children including a 17-month-old son and her husband.
She was on the island for work and ran a vocational training centre for children called Starfish Enterprises.
Dorian stalled out over the islands as a category five hurricane and hardly moved for almost two days.
It left behind widespread destruction on the islands, with homes and buildings completely demolished. There’s also significant flooding.
Most of the dead were found on Abaco Island which is where Liolli was last reported being seen before the hurricane struck.