About 20 neighbors and friends gathered Saturday afternoon to remember and honor the life of Raymane Camari Robinson Jr.
Described as affectionate and joyful, the 2-year-old died a week ago, when he was mauled by a dog.
“This is a sad occasion, but there’s not much more we can say about it,” said Kevin Williams, a close friend of the Robinson family. “God knows much more than we know.”
The vigil was held near the corner of Vahrenkamp Drive and Pennington Avenue in Killeen, where the attack occurred. An 8-year-old girl also was injured in the incident.
“That Saturday morning started out like any other Saturday morning and their lives were turned upside down,” said Joel Lytle, a chaplain with the Christian Motorcyclist Association, who spoke at the vigil. “They have to figure out how to go on and survive.”
The neighborhood, located in southwest Killeen near Iduma Elementary School, is normally pretty quiet, Teanitra Goffney said. She didn’t know the family, but came out to the vigil to show her support for them.
“My son walks back from the playground,” she said. “It could have been any one of our children.
“People need to retain their dogs in the fenced area and keep them on a leash. It’s sad to happen like that. That didn’t have to happen like that,” Goffney added.
Chante Gray, a friend of the family, said Raymane was adorable.
“I saw him when he was a year old, and he was just a lovely little baby — a joy,” she said. “My heart goes out to the family. ... We wanted to come out and show our support and let them know they’re in our prayers and may God comfort them.”
Funeral services and burial for Raymane also were held Saturday.
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