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Vigil for Barway Collins Held Saturday

KSTP
Updated: April 18, 2015 09:04 PM
Created: April 18, 2015 12:00 AM

A vigil was held for 10-year-old Barway Collins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Crystal apartment complex where he lived.

Attendees started with a song, but the music made by the crowd of more than 200 people changed into a passionate roar once speeches moved from Barway's life to his untimely death.

"This community will not rest until we get everybody that's responsible for this murder to pay for it," said family spokesperson Pastor Harding Smith.

Smith worked to shut down rumors spreading throughout Crystal that Barway's killing was a tribal sacrifice.

"I did view the body," said Smith. "There are no cuts, there are no body parts that have been taken. The body is intact."

Barway's two young brothers sat next to their mother, Barway's stepmom, too young to know why she was crying.

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Their father, Pierre, is currently in jail charged with their older brother's murder.

The Crystal Police Chief came to show her support as was did one of Barway's former teachers.

 "If you knew him, you would just want to hug him and just be around him," said Christie Graham.

The gathering was so inspiring to one person, he offered to donate a plot at nearby Glen Haven Memorial Gardens for Barway's burial.

"God bless all of you. I hope I can help," he said.

However, even with funeral plans now almost finalized, the community and many of Barway's family members are still far from finding peace.

"There is a special place in hell for whoever did this gruesome act," said Smith. "There will be hell to pay."

There are two different ways people can donate to help bring Barway's biological mother to Minnesota from Liberia and to cover Barway's funeral expenses.

The only two legitimate accounts are at TCF Bank and Wells Fargo.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., a second vigil will happen near the Mississippi River at 53rd and Lyndale.


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