Dozens of people gathered in the 100 block of Sadie Street Tuesday night to remember 11-month-old Micahyah Crockett, who died after his mother allegedly smothered him.
Relatives, friends and even strangers who heard about the death stopped by the home where Micahyah was injured Saturday night. Many left stuffed animals and notes by a growing memorial for the infant.
“We need to stand up for those who can’t talk or speak for themselves,” said Sakeia Wilson, who is a cousin of the family. “So, we can end this. That shouldn't have happened. That baby didn't deserve that.”
In this time of loss, many turn to prayer. There is a moment of silence at the vigil, followed by group prayers.
Micahyah’s grandmother, Hayah Binion, said the outpouring of support means a lot to her.
“I just really appreciate everyone coming out to share their concern and their love,”Binion said. “Just being here during our time of need, during our time of tragedy. That’s what it is, a tragedy.”
Even in the wake of tragedy, memories of her grandson come with a smile. Binion said she will truly remember his giggles and his laughter.
One by one, people light smalls candles and place in front of Micahyah’s memorial. The flames bring attention to a child gone too soon.
“To have something so precious in your life and then it’s taken in a violent manner like that...it’s hard,” Wlson said.
Now, a father must bury his son. The process of saying goodbye is made just a little bit easier thanks to those who rally around him.
“It’s going to be hard for days to come,” Wilson said. “But with the support, he will make it.”
A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Micahyah. You can donate at any First Source Bank.