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     April 3, 2020      #84-94 KDJ
 
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Trevor Torres, left of center, laughs with his family as a passing car of friends tosses candy toward his Bourbonnais home Thursday during a birthday parade for the now 12 year old.

Daily Journal/Tiffany Blanchette

A parade of support: Community helps twin

By Tiffany Blanchette
tblanchette@daily-journal.com


Trevor Torres laughs with his family as a passing car of friends tosses candy toward his Bourbonnais home Thursday during a birthday parade for the now 12 year old.

In place of a party during the coronavirus "stay at home" mandate, his parents, Juan and Jaime Torres, and sister, Victoria, 13, stood in their front yard as three fire engines, nearly 20 police, fire and county vehicles, one armored rescue truck and over 30 decorated cars filled with family and friends formed a caravan to honk in celebration of Trevor's birthday, which he shares with his late twin brother, Tanner, who died in a car accident last August.

The caravan continued out to St. George Cemetery, where Tanner is laid to rest. Being able to still include Tanner in the day's events even though he was not physically there was one of Trevor's favorite parts, he said.

Seeing his friends in the parade procession after weeks of quarantine was also a welcome sight.

Parade organizer and family friend Alexandria Zilinger, of Bourbonnais, said the idea came about after seeing other parents holding birthday parades for their children with canceled birthday activities thanks to Illinois' executive order.

"With not being able to celebrate with his friends and family due to social distancing, I thought this would be the best way to celebrate," Zilinger said. "It’s been almost eight months without Tanner, and life has had some crazy obstacles. We just wanted to show [the Torres family] some love and support today."

Finding a way to make the day a little special was the goal, Jaime said. She and her husband, Juan, both agreed the showing of support for their family, and for Trevor, was amazing.

Seeing all the police cars and firetrucks was particularly special since Tanner was "all about that," Juan said. At 11, he already had plans to go into the military and both boys shared an enthusiasm for the police and fire trades.

"Today showed us how blessed we are to live a community like this," Juan said. "Our friends and family are always there for us."

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Trevor Torres, center, waves with his family as a caravan drives past his Bourbonnais home Thursday during a birthday parade for the now 12-year-old.

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