VIDEO: Vigil held for slain toddler

Published 1:29 pm Monday, February 25, 2019

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader

A group of more than a dozen people gathered Sunday evening to pay their respects and mourn the life taken of two-year-old Savanna Roque.

Carmen White was the event sponsor for the candlelight service held.

White who works at a local hospice center said, “Death is expected in my line of work as it is natural, but not like this.”

White put on the vigil because she was horrified to see a child slain like this.

Several local citizens learn about this event off of a face book page created by Memphis Curtis called Justice for Savi.

Curtis says, “I plan on keeping up with all of the memorial vigils that will be held for baby Savanna.”

Curtis designed the page due to her community was going through a time of grief and needed a place to come together.

So far there has been a great deal of support from the community and the page is growing daily. The page is a place where people can come to express their grief and offer prayer and support to the family during grieving time.

This was the first vigil that was put on by White and it was a time of comforting for the community.

A prayer was offered by Rusk Willis and music performed by Jeremy Williams.

Another vigil will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Riverfront Pavilion in Orange.