Elliot Lake mall collapse victim's daughter recalls 'sad' tragedy

The daughter of one of the women who died in the Elliot Lake mall roof collapse says she still struggles to understand how her mother could have gone to the mall on a Saturday afternoon, and not come home.

Daughter of mall collapse victim Doloris Perizzolo says she hasn't been able to return to Elliot Lake

Doloris Perizzolo with her daughter Cindy Allan. (supplied)

The daughter of one of the women who died in the Elliot Lake mall roof collapse says she still struggles to understand how her mother could have gone to the mall on a Saturday afternoon, and not come home.

People in Elliot Lake release balloons with messages of hope as they remember the two lives lost in the Algo Centre Mall. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

"For her to walk into the mall and have the roof cave in on her, it's just beyond, I can't even explain to you," Cindy Allen told CBC News.

Allan said she has not been able to bring herself to go back to Elliot Lake since her mother died. She now lives in Guelph.

"It was a mining town to start. And I'm sure my mother must have thought any time my father went underground that there could be a cave in," she said.  

"For that to happen like that, and for no one to be able to get her out, in time, or Lucie. It was just sad."

Allan's mother, 74-year-old Doloris Perizzolo, was one of two women who killed in the roof collapse. Lucie Aylwin, 37,  also died.

Allan said marking the anniversary of the mall roof collapse would be difficult for her family.

She remembered her mother as someone who was still getting over the recent loss of her husband of four decades, but was enjoying life in Elliot Lake.

"She liked to drive. She and her little dog Maggie would go for drives," she said.

"She loved to crochet. I think everyone in the house had a blanket, including our pets."

Community remembers

About 200 people in Elliot Lake also paused Sunday to remember the two lives lost in the mall roof collapse.

Notes of rememberance at a ceremony in Elliot Lake to mark one year since the fatal mall roof collapse. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

They were to gather at the former mall site, where hundreds held vigil for days during the rescue effort last summer. However, the gathering was moved to a community centre because of poor weather.

Rev. Bob Gardner was emcee for the event.

"On the 23rd of June, 2012, life in this community changed. It changes each day, but in that day, it changed in a very dramatic, difficult way," he told the gathering.

"As we transition and move forward, we will never forget the past."

Following two minutes of silence, people went outside and released multi-coloured balloons carrying messages of remembrance.

"We will move forward as a community," said Elliot Lake resident Janice Martell.

"[But] it's hard to do that when we don't have all the answers yet. and I don't know that we are going to have every answer that people need."

The public inquiry examining the events that led to the fatal roof collapse is on a three-week break. Hearings resume on July 8.

with files from Yvon Theriault