Community Helps Family in Rensselaer County After Heartbreaking Loss of 3-Year-Old
On Sunday night, a tight-knit community in Upstate NY was rocked by the sudden news of a missing 3-year-old boy who wandered out of a house on Easter night.
Immediately, family members, first responders, and seemingly every resident in the Rensselaer County town searched frantically for little Owen, but the news after a few hours of searching was grim.
In a story published in People magazine, Owen was at his aunt's house for Easter when he stepped outside while dinner was being prepared.
"Without hesitation," according to Sidewinder Photography, "neighbors with flashlights poured into the streets and headed towards the home of the missing child...Members of the community began to search neighborhoods around where the child had gone missing near the ballfield."
A short time later, according to Sidewinder, members of law enforcement went back to the nearby swimming pool - believed to be on the same property where the little boy went missing - and looked again, this time seeing something that recently floated to the surface.
In the meantime, community members are rallying on behalf of the heartbroken and devastated family.
I have been in touch with his family and was given permission to raise funds to help his family with the funeral, among other unexpected expenses related to this situation. Owen's parents also have two other children to care for as well. My hope is that we can raise enough money to not only cover all expenses related to this tragic event but also some to help allow them time to grieve and not worry about how their bills will be paid during this time. Anything you can give would be so appreciated. -Kimberly Parker - Owen's GoFundMe
By the time we published this story, over $15,000 dollars in donations had already come in, and the community is doing even more.