ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The family of a three year-old boy who drowned in a pond Sunday honored the toddler during a vigil Friday evening.
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Family members told us that Malik Brown's life may have been short, but he still had a tremendous impact on the community that knew him.
Brown was reportedly visiting a family member in Lakewood Estates when he went missing Sunday. Sadly, police found his body a block away from the family member's house in a pond.
Friday night about a dozen people came out to the pond where his body was found to honor his life.
Whether people knew the three year-old or not, they showed up to show his family love and support.
“I want to thank everybody who he’s made an impact on, everybody he’s made smile, everybody who has had to chase him,” his aunt, Jalisa Lewis, said.
Brown, born two days before Christmas in 2016, loved "Paw Patrol" and his cup, according to family members. He attended Bethel Baptist Community School.
People from the community are coming together in Lakewood Estates for a fundraiser for Brown’s family Saturday afternoon on the 1600 block of Alcazar Way South in St. Petersburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The toddler's funeral is January 25 at noon at Bethel Baptist Church and open to anyone who wants to attend.