Community comes together to remember Trevyan Rowe

March 13, 2018 06:25 AM

After coming together over the weekend to search for Trevyan Rowe, the Rochester community did it one more time Monday night. 

This time the gathering was to celebrate the life of the 14-year-old who went missing last Thursday. Rowe's body was pulled from the Genesee River Sunday evening. 

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On Monday night, hundreds turned out for a vigil in his honor at the Rochester War Memorial at the Blue Cross Arena.

"There's not enough thank you that I can say to every last one of you," said Keri Huston, Rowe's mother. 

Heartbroken, she thanked the community for everything it has done to support her family in the disappearance and death of her son.

But if the event wasn't already emotionally charged, Huston singled out a little girl who wrote letters to her and Trevyan's sister and brothers, bringing tears to the eyes of many in the arena. She called her down to share the podium and personally thank her. 

Arielis Santiago, an eight-year-old third grader a fellow School No. 12 student with Trevyan.

"I was surprised,” Santiago said. “I didn't know she was going to call my name. I want to say I'm sorry and he's in a better place now. I didn't really know him, but I still love him because he was a part of our school.”

It's this expression of love for which Trevyan's uncle, Kent Handy, said that he will be eternally grateful for feeling.

"I didn't see somebody looking for a black child,” he said. “I saw somebody looking for a child that was lost. I saw white women looking for a child as if it were their child. It touched me. It strengthened me. It got my family through these rough four days."

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren vowed that she will get to the bottom what happened to Trevyan.

"I was so hoping I would knock on your door with your son at our sides," Warren said. "That is something I can't give you. But I will make it my business to give you the answers you are looking for and that you deserve."

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said that the investigation is not closed. He told reporters his department continues to try to piece together a timeline of events the day Trevyan disappeared.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Trevyan's family. 


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