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CLEVELAND - A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday to honor 3-year-old Emilliano Terry, the Cleveland boy who was murdered and found in a waste recycling facility.
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. Eight-year-old Johnny Cummings came from Bedford to give Shawn Dotson, Emilliano's father, a hobby horse.
"I gave it to him for Emilliano's Christmas gift," he said.
As Dotson proudly carried the horse through the crowd he said, "He made my night. He made me smile."
The young father took the microphone briefly to thank those at the vigil for their support.
"It hurts man," he said. "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."
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 said they just can't believe what happened to him, how someone could hurt a little boy. One woman said she grieves over Emilliano like he was her own son.
The boy's mother, Camilia Terry, 20, led police to believe he was missing, possibly abducted from Kossuth Park on Sunday. The next day, the little boy's body was found wrapped in garbage bags at a waste processing site in Oakwood Village.
"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, Camilia, to be their "spiritual coverings."
"We have to remember, (Camilia) had no mother, she had no home. She had no place to go to and say 'I surrender. I need help.' Because when she asked the system for help, the system let her down."
Earlier Wednesday, Camilia Terry was charged with aggravated murder.
The vigil started shortly after 5 p.m. at East 121st Street and Shaker Boulevard.
Christmas came early for one of the sons of Camilia Terry, the Cleveland woman charged in the murder of her young son.
Murdered Cleveland 3-year-old Emilliano Terry's brothers, ages 5 months and 5 years, have been placed with paternal relatives following a hearing on Friday.
The mother of three-year-old Emilliano Terry pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder, in the boy's death Friday morning.
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor announced late Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Camilia Terry for the death of her 3-year-old son Emilliano.
The father of 3-year-old Emilliano Terry said he cried when he heard his son was beaten to death.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released the official cause of death for 3-year-old Emilliano Terry.
Pernel Jones Jr. of Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home confirms they are handling wake and funeral services for Emilliano Terry, 3.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirms the body found Monday at a waste processing site was 3-year-old Emilliano Terry.
Camilia Terry, the 20-year-old mother of Emilliano Terry, appeared in court and prosecutors asked for a high bond due to blunt force trauma to the head the toddler suffered.