Two days after a District child was found dead inside an abandoned car near his West Virginia Avenue home, about 100 neighbors, friends, family members and strangers gathered for a candlelight vigil to celebrate Michael Kingsbury's young life.
"And even though it was seven years," the boy's paternal grandfather, Paul Travers said, "seven years in the eyes of the Lord can be an eternity, so we celebrate Michael for eternity."
Kingsbury, who had autism, had been missing for 32 hours before his body was found just steps from the family's back door. Many of the people who attended the vigil had joined the search by police Sunday and Monday.
"I just want to give thanks to the community for coming out to support my son," said Michael's mother, Katrina Kingsbury. "Thanks to everyone so much."
Other relatives say they have questions and doubts.
"My nephew wouldn't have strayed away," says Michael's aunt, Rava Travers. "One thing about him, he doesn't like people. So he wouldn't have strayed away from that backyard. He wouldn't have strayed away from that piece of dirt in that backyard."
Asked whether she thought Michael was taken by somebody, Travers said, "I think he was lured out."
His grandfather says he does not think Michael got into the car on his own.
"I cannot see a child not banging on that window," Travers explained. "Or trying to escape that car. And if they were back there, and if that child was back there the whole time, it seems like somebody would have heard or seen something. Especially if you started the search immediately."
D.C. police, who blocked the street for Wednesday night's vigil, have only said they are not ruling out anything.
"It's really sad you know," says Tamika Trowell, who lives in the Trinidad neighborhood. "We just want to know what happened. We just want some answers."
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