Candles lit up Main Street Park in Rutland Saturday night to remember the two-year-old girl killed in Poultney Vermont last week. Hundreds gathered to remember her, including Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Also in the crowd Dezirae's Aunts and biological father Willis Sheldon and others who didn't even know her. The message: child abuse has to stop.
“My heart goes out to them; no child should have to go through this. No child,” said Katherine Alexander from Rutland, VT.
“We are here to show our support for Dezirae, and to show that total strangers can care, and total strangers do care,” said Donald Miller of Poultney, VT.
While paying respects, people signed a petition hoping to raise awareness for child abuse.
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