by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:LIVE OAK, Fla. —
More than 100 people came together to remember9-year-old Leo Walker. He was a special needs child who was found dead in a swamp in Live Oak.
"Even those of us who didn't know Leo were affected by why had happened," said neighbor Khrystie Wickham.
Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams who was a part of the search for Leo, and has a special needs child himself, says the community was able to turn a tragic event into one of awareness.
"There are positives that can come out of this public awareness towards autistic children and other special needs adults," said Walker.
Right before the community blew out their candles and let their balloons into the sky, Leo's aunt read a speech from Leo's mom.
"If I knew today was the last day I'd hear your words, I would hold you forever and tell you how much I love you."