AKRON, Ohio - Dozens of people turned out at the intersection of Arlington and Davies Sunday night to remember four-year-old Jamarcus Allen. "You can't kill our memories, just can't do it," said the boy's aunt Yolanda Palmer.
Police said the little boy was shot in the head while riding in a car with his father Wednesday morning.
It is still unclear if the 4-year-old picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself or if someone else shot him. A bullet hole was found through the roof of the car above a rear passenger seat.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office believes there is clear evidence of negligence, making the ruling a homicide.
The boy's father, Terrance Allen, 49, is charged in connection to his son's death. Last week, he pleaded not guilty in Akron Municipal Court.
Bond for Allen remains at $500,000.
The body of Jamarcus was found inside a Ford Taurus on Arlington Street and Davies Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after the father flagged down a Summit County Sheriff's deputy.
Family and friends said the little boy loved football, animals and his family. "He was so full of joy, he loved playing with the kids," said his grandmother Shirley Colvin.
A fund is set up for the family. Donations can be made at any FirstMerit Bank.