Many came out to show support for the young boy
By JAMES W. WADE III
In the Buckeye area a candlelight vigil was held Wednesday to honor 3-year-old Emilliano Terry, theClevelandboy who was murdered and found in a waste recycling facility. The vigil was held at the very playground where the mother reported him missing.
The Coalition for a Better Life/Peace In The Hood, Inc. organized the vigil to honor little Emilliano's short life.
People posted signs on trees that say "we love you" and put Christmas gifts underneath others.
Shawn Dotson, Emilliano's father, was there and thanked everyone for supporting him. The young father took the microphone briefly to thank those at the vigil for their support. “It hurts man, It's worse when you feel like it's partially your fault cause you wasn't there you know. But I'll make it through and I thank all of you all,” said Dotson.
Dotson hadn't seen his son in more than a year, believing that Emilliano was living out-of-state with his mother.
Those who didn't know Emilliano even came out to be a part of this vigil because as one participant stated “he was just too young to be killed
The boy's mother, Camilia Terry, 20, led police to believe he was missing, possibly abducted fromKossuthParkon Sunday. The next day, the little boy's body was found wrapped in garbage bags at a waste processing site inOakwoodVillage.
“We can't rewrite history. We cannot bring Emilliano back... What we can do is be conscious and aware today. Ghandi said 'We must be the change we wish to see in the world.' So today, I'm the change that I wish to see," said pastor Tonya Robinson.
Her group reaches out to single parents and the less fortunate. Robinson hopes to reach out to both Emilliano's father and his mother. Earlier Wednesday, Camilia Terry was charged with aggravated murder.
The vigil started shortly after 5 p.m. atEast 121st StreetandShaker Boulevardand Camilia will have her first court appearance Thursday morning at 8:30 p.m.
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