BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — “Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world.”
They are the faces of innocence. Children, holding candles, staring into the darkness at Rockwell Park, too young to really understand what happened to one year old Zaniyah Calloway.
They leave their stuffed animals, their toys and balloons for a life cut tragically short. “I mean look around, the community, everybody is coming down,” said Paris Allison.
Police say Arthur Hapgood stabbed baby Zaniyah after taking hallucinogenic drugs. And those drugs were the focus of the vigil. People came forward and shared how angel dust has destroyed their life. “My cousin was killed with the dust, that’s why we are here,” Allison said. “It’s the drug itself, that’s why I am here. A lot of people have died and I have lost countless friends to it and they do things they don’t normally do.”
And as some of the adults look around at the cross, at the flowers, the red ribbons and candles they think of Zaniyah. And they say a silent prayer and hope the children will understand some day.
“That’s why I hope these young kids learn and identify. As you can see this is a neighborhood of young parents and you can see they need to be educated as well,” Allison said.
“Red and yellows black and white they are resinous in his sightless loves the little children of the world…”