SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (KELO-TV) - The passing of any young child is tragic, and on this night, people are coming together to honor a two-year-old boy.
"Little Ty did belong to our community, and we feel that it is our duty to come together to pray for him even though we may not have known him personally," Abbie Pierce said.
The child was the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. He lived with his mother in Sioux Falls, and a man she knew is in jail accused of abuse.
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"It is just really sad to see someone do that to a little boy," Jessica White said.
"It's just the caring of the family, it's just the caring attitude that they have out here for them," Shari Dick said.
Sadness took over Sertoma Park as they all paid tribute to the young boy.
"Just look at the people around, you can see the pain on some people's faces, and with me, I dind't know the family at all, but I have two small children, and just the fact that they could be there one morning and then gone the next it's just, it's devastating," White said.
It's hard not to be moved by a community showing like a candlelight vigil, and for so many people that did not know the family, trying to put themselves in a similar situation is very difficult to do.
"If it were me, I wouldn't be able to get up each day. It would be terrible to have someone, another part of you, just gone. I wouldn't be able to get up and out of bed," White said.
One child has lost his life, but the community is joined together for support and comforting prayer.