Loved Ones Hold Candlelight Vigil for 8-Year-Old Grand Rapids Shooting Victim

Taylor Holt
April 08, 2017 09:05 PM

Messages of comfort and encouragement filled the air Friday night for 8-year-old Wyatt Krauss. Loved ones hosted a candlelight vigil for him at Oakland Park in Grand Rapids. 

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"We all love you. We're all supporting you. We're all fighting for you," said Sophia Pehrson, Wyatt's aunt.

"Your friends miss you and your community is showing lots of support for you," said Ashley Skelly, a neighbor that attended the vigil.

Krauss was seriously injured after being shot in the head more than a week ago. He is currently recovering in critical condition at a Duluth hospital.

"Today is about getting everybody together and letting Wyatt know that all of these people are here for him and praying for him, and the long recovery that he is going to have," said Jessica Romanowicz, a family friend who organized the vigil.

Family, friends, and neighbors gathered at the park across the way from where the incident happened and remembered a boy that impacted many.

"He's a nice kid. Joyful, happy, loving kid," said Kaitlyn Iverson, a friend of Wyatt's.

"He was one of a kind. He was full of life. He was one that got along with all of the kids," said Skelly.

"Wyatt was a fun loving amazing guy, little boy. He always tried to make a smile on someone's face," Pehrson said.

With candles lit, loved ones shared stories and said prayers, but many were still in shock that such a tragedy could have happened.

"I can't believe something like this would happen in such a small community," Skelly added."Something like this effects everybody."

In this tough time, it's support for Wyatt that has brought the community together.

"I can't believe how many people stated that they were going to be out here tonight. Theres no words for it," said Romanowitcz."I wish the best for Wyatt and for his family as well as all of his friends."  

As Wyatt continues to fight for life, in the air remains hope. 

"He's doing better," said Pehrson.

"Keep fighting buddy. Your neighborhood misses you," said Skelly.

 A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Romanowitcz for Wyatt. 


Taylor Holt

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