Ballpark vigil held for young drowning victim
NILES, Mich. --- The community gathered to remember the life of a young boy who died tragically over the weekend.
A candlelight vigil was held for Ayden Smith who drowned in a pool Saturday at a friend’s birthday party. Michigan State Police are still investigating the incident.
The vigil was held at Brandywine Cal Ripken Field in Niles, Michigan where Ayden spent a lot of time playing baseball.
The community was asked to wear blue, Ayden’s favorite color.
Photos were displayed at the park with prints donated by the local Walmart store.
Ayden’s brother, Trevor, spoke with ABC 57, about his brother.
“He was one of the most happiest and sweetest little boys you could ever meet on this Earth. He loved everybody. Even if he didn't meet them yet, he would love you. He loved baseball. I'm sad I didn't get to see him go into high school and play ball. I wanted to take him to school every day.”
A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to help Smith’s family cover funeral expenses. So far $2500 has been raised by the community.