Toy Trucks Donated To Honor Boy Killed By Wild Dogs Will Be Given Away On Christmas

Thousands of toy trucks are being sent to a funeral home in Pittsburgh to honor a 2-year-old boy who was killed by wild dogs after falling into an exhibit at the local zoo.

According to CBS, Maddox Derkosh’s parents requested that people send toy trucks to the funeral home instead of flowers. So far, more than 3000 trucks have arrived at the William Slater II funeral home. The toy trucks will be given to needy children on Christmas.

Rev. David Bonnar, the family priest, said:

“One of the first steps in healing is to think less of oneself and more of others … God knows you have a rough road ahead but with this effort the healing has already begun.”

Maddox Derkosh was killed earlier this week when he fell over a railing at the Pittsburgh Zoo and into an exhibit filled with African dogs. The county medical examiner said that the boy survived the fall but was killed shortly after by the dogs.


The incident is currently being investigated by the zoo, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney’s office, does not expect any criminal charges to be filed.