Community members organize efforts from one end of Rockford to the other, honoring a little boy's life. 8 year-old Thomas Kossow was found dead outside his home Tuesday. Winnebago County investigators charged Thomas' mom with his murder.
A couple candlelight vigils were held Thursday night, where people shared thoughts, prayers and memories. Thomas Kossow's family members weren't at the two ceremonies, find their statement here, but neighbors, co-workers and friends say they're just as close.
"Any member of our crew we treat as family and I have a strong belief that family needs to take care of one another. That family in my opinion needs to reach out and you all have coming out today. You're all a part of this family now as well." -says Chad Rogers, Lube Pro's Assistant Manager & co-worker of Thomas' dad, at a vigil Thursday night.
Residents light candles for Thomas Kossow at his dad's workplace. Lube Pro's employees put on the event. People in the crowd expressed their feelings about Thomas' passing. Across town, another ceremony was held at Thomas' house. Rockford resident Christina Maynard knew Thomas through her own son. The boys were in the same 3rd grade class at McIntosh Elementary School. She says it means everything to see the community come together for Thomas.
"It truly shows how heartbroken everyone is. It didn't just happen to his family, it happened to Rockford." -she adds.
Money raised at both events will go to help the Kossow family. Thomas Kossow's visitation and funeral arrangements have been set for Friday, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rockford. Visitation goes from 3-5:15 p.m.
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