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Candle Light Vigil announced to remember 17-year-old Ethan Kielec who died unexpectedly



Photo courtesy of Swansea Police

SWANSEA — Police Chief Marc Haslam wishes to share information with the community about the upcoming Evening Vigil planned to remember 17-year-old Ethan Kielec.

Swansea’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 will host the Evening Vigil on November 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Swansea Veterans Memorial Park, Field #2 to Remember Kielec following his unexpected death on Friday, Nov. 4.

Community members are encouraged to attend to show their support for Ethan’s family and loved ones.

The vigil will include a candle lighting in remembrance of Kielec and remarks from Troop 303’s Chaplain and family and friends.

Swansea Police received several 911 calls reporting a crash in the area of 171 Marvel Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a Ford Fusion that had left the roadway and struck a fire hydrant and utility pole.

The driver, Kielec, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old passenger was transported to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries.

According to a GoFundMe fundraiser for Kielec’s family created by his Boy Scout troop, Ethan was a star boy scout who was killed on his way home from work.

“A youth leader in Troop 303 Swansea, MA, Ethan was a very energetic leader and lead by example. He listened to other scouts helping them achieve their goals. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society, and had been working on his Eagle project.”

Ethan was also described as a wonderful young man with a bright future that was a great mentor to children.

The crash remains under investigation by the Swansea Police Department and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.



  1. Accuano

    November 9, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    To the family of Ethan I am so sorry for your loss , he was a wonderful person

  2. Judith Scheyhing

    November 10, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Joe, I am so sorry for you family’s loss. You are all suffering from this heart break, and my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that God will bless you with His comfort.

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