Dozens gather to remember Auburn five-year-old
AUBURN (WGME) -- Dozens gather for a vigil to remember the Auburn five-year-old whose body was recovered from the Androscoggin River.
The loss of five-year-old Valerio McFarland not only affected his family, but the entire community.
Family and friends held a vigil Thursday night in Bonney Park exactly one month from when tragedy struck, at the exact location and time of day.
With t-shirts, stuffed animals and balloons, the community sent a message to the McFarland's, one that goes beyond words.
Within the crowd is Maxim McFarland, written on his shirt, a message to his brother "I love you Valerio."
“I’m always just trying to do stuff that will take my mind off stuff like this,” Maxim said.
Maxim was the last person to see his little brother alive after jumping in to try to save him.
While the community expresses grief for his family, he expresses gratitude for those who saved his life.
“Thanks for helping and saving me,” Maxim said. “That's how I feel I think they're cool.”
While he's lost a brother, Maxim says his new friends feel like family.
“I think it's really nice that they would just come out here, and just be here for us, because you know that they actually care,” Maxim said.