'It's really heartbreaking:' Community mourns 6-year-old boy killed in Lynnwood
LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Community members gathered Tuesday night to mourn the death of a 6-year-old autistic boy whose body was found in a trash bin at a Lynnwood apartment complex.
A vigil was held at Creekside Church in Mountlake Terrace to remember Dayvid Pakko, who attended the church with his grandparents.
Church members said Pakko touched many lives.
"It's really heartbreaking. Our whole community, our whole church is heartbroken over this,” said Sunday School teacher Gail Orsillo. “I want people to know what a special little guy David was. I mean yes he had an autism diagnosis but that does not define who he was."
Court documents say a 19-year-old relative, who was visiting from Texas, drowned Dayvid in a bathtub full of water. Investigators said the teen admitted he then changed Dayvid's clothes after he died, put the boy in a box and threw him in the dumpster.
Family members said the teen is also autistic and believe he didn't have the mental capacity to understand what he was telling police.
His family said Pakko went missing after he stayed home from school Monday and another adult was taking care of him.
Searchers found Pakko's body in a dumpster early Tuesday morning at the Bristol Square Apartments in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Paramedics determined that he had been dead for 12 hours after his initial disappearance.
At a growing vigil outside of apartment complex, 8-year-old Kaedyn Burden is still trying to process what his mom told him happened to his friend.
“She said, 'guys did you know that David just got found in a dumpster?' we were like. 'uh, oh, that’s bad,' ” said Kaedyn Burden.
Creekside Church is taking up a collection for Dayvid’s family for unexpected funeral costs, and they will be making meals to take to the family.
Friends have also set up a GoFundMe site has been established to pay for the boy's memorial.