Hundreds mourn at vigil for children found dead in East Haven home

Daaron and Aleisha Moore
Daaron and Aleisha Moore

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of people from all around Connecticut filled the East Haven Green Friday night for a vigil for Daaron and Aleisha Moore, the two children found dead in their natural gas-filled home on Tuesday.

The children’s classmates stood in the front row, holding candles and singing. Strangers surrounded their father, Michael Moore, with love, saying prayers and hoping to help the family heal.

“If I could still say anything to my two kids, if you are listening, this is the way Daddy wanted to try and make you smile, to teach you to be there for other people and not be all about yourself,” he said.
It has been a tough week for family, friends, and neighbors as they try to make sense of the deaths.

“You would think it would get easier as the days go on, but it doesn’t,” said neighbor Carolyn Parillo. “It’s very difficult to see that those kids are gone. It’s very tragic.”

The neighborhood is a caring one, leading neighbors to organize the vigil.

“We just wanted to get together as a community and show our support of the father and any family members there, and of course to pay tribute to those two children,” said Parillo.

Those at the vigil say there really are no words in such a situation; the best thing is to come together and provide support.

“This is overwhelming,” said Moore. “It’s a great blessing that has actually restored my faith in humanity that there are people out there that are willing to help whenever the next man is down.”

People in the vigil did not ask why, but how they can help.

“All I ask is that people continue to pray and keep my family in their prayers,” he said. “I am going to keep doing what I was raised to do, let God guide my steps so I can do whatever I need to do.”

B.C. Bailey Funeral Services in Wallingford is coordinating Daaron and Aleisha’s burial services, but when those services will be has not yet been released.

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