The community is invited to a candlelight vigil Tuesday in honor of a Norwalk infant who was stabbed to death.
The vigil, which will include a time of prayer, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bresson Park near Berry's Restaurant. Speakers will include Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, Pastor Todd Nielsen, of The Chapel South Campus, Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light and event co-organizers Nora Knople and Anton Jackson.
Candles will be provided to attendees who don't bring their own, but people are encouraged to bring candles.
Athena Castile, an 11-week-old baby from Norwalk, died the morning of May 16 after reportedly being stabbed by her second cousin at a Sandusky residence, police said. The baby lived on Woodlawn Avenue with her grandmother, Katia Castile; her fiancé, Mike Stewart; and Castile's daughter, Jenisa Meishon Castile, the child's mother.
"It's left the whole community saddened," Jackson said. "We want to bring the community together. It's just a sad situation."
Sandusky resident Denzel M. Castile, 19, is charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a police officer. He must post a $1.025 million bond before being released from the Erie County Jail.
A funeral service was held Wednesday at The Chapel South Campus. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
"We want people to know Athena was from Norwalk," the infant's grandmother, Katia Castile, told the Reflector this week. "She had lived her whole life here. She had never been in Sandusky but that one time."