Community Comes Together for Children of Amanda Ioannidis Lyons

Amanda Ioannidis Lyons Obituary Photo

The children of Amanda Ioannidis Lyons have been receiving an outpouring of support from residents in LaSalle and surrounding areas.

On March 20, LaSalle Police released a report stating The LaSalle Police Service Criminal Investigation and Forensic Units, and the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Unit were investigating a homicide in the 1400 block in Sugarwood Crescent after Amanda, 34, was found deceased in the home.

In the days following Amanda’s death, friends and family created a GoFundMe to help raise funds for the care of her three young children, ages 5, 4, and 8 months.

The GoFundMe states her children were the lights of her life, that she loved them fiercely, and everything she did was for them.

“We are heartbroken for them and the difficult journey they now face.”

With the goal to raise $30,000, the fundraiser exploded with donations – raising over $120,000 within the first four hours of being launched.

“Amanda was the life of the party, and always wanted to bring everyone together. She took charge in planning, hosting, and making sure everybody felt welcomed. Even though Amanda’s life was taken too soon, we know that her spirit will live on forever through her children.”

In the obituary, Amanda’s family said she ‘was a strong, fierce and independent woman who took everyone in without expecting anything back. She was the perfect mom to her three beautiful children and did everything in her power to keep them safe and happy. Even though Amanda’s life was taken too soon, we know that her spirit will live on forever through her children.’

Her family also asked those who knew her or heard her story to ‘please always hold your family close and take time every day to show how much you love them. You never take anything for granted and cherish every moment, because you never know when it could be your last.’

Amanda’s funeral and visitation has been planned to take place on March 25 and 26.

Visitation Friday 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thrice Holy Hymn Service Friday evening at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the funeral will start at 9:30 a.m. Families First Funeral Home South Windsor and the procession to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 3052 Walker Rd for a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m.
Interment Windsor Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations for her children’s continued care will be accepted.

 

Still Missing

The investigator’s main suspect has been identified as Blair Lyons. He is described as a 34-year-old white male with short dark brown hair, short dark brown facial hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on his left shoulder.
Police said his vehicle was located early on March 19, abandoned on the Ambassador Bridge with evidence he jumped from the bridge into the Detroit River. LaSalle Fire Service, Windsor Police Service and RCC Trenton Search and Rescue were immediately dispatched to search the Detroit River.
However, as of March 23, there have been no reports of Lyons being found.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519-969-5210, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.
Police have publicly assured residents there is no risk to public safety.
An updated total of the fundraiser shows over $329,000 has been raised for Amanda’s children as of March 23.

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