One year after the tragic death of 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis last November, the community continues to mourn, and still hopes to find ways to keep history from repeating itself.
Today, a group gathered on Tramelle’s block to discuss how to prevent child abuse from going unreported.
The group released what they called “healing” balloons into the air, praying that the system does not fail other children like it failed Tramelle. Going forward they hope to gather enough signatures to petition for legislation that would help protect children when abuse is suspected.
Marching down Washington Street, holding signs that read “Lend a Hand,” the group hopes to spread their message. Cheryl King, an organizer of today’s event, notes that Tramelle’s death is a wakeup call for the community.
“Because of his life, as hurtful as it is that he left us, he woke up the community, he woke up a D.C.S, he woke up possibly one part of a nation problem of child abuse,” says King.
Participants also talked about the proper channels to go through when someone suspects a child is being hurt.