Family holds blood drive for son, one week after city demolishes building where he died

Just over a week ago, the blighted Rosemary Apartments in north Toledo finally came down.

It was that vacant building, which stood at the corner of N. Detroit Ave. and Phillips Ave., where 16-year-old Joshua Sorrell fell five stories to his death while exploring the abandoned property with friends in June of 2016.

For the past 6 years, the family has held a blood drive every year in Joshua’s memory.

At this year’s event, the family said they are feeling some relief. The place which has haunted them for years, reminding them of their son’s death, has been torn down, lifting a weight off their chests.


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