KNOX, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Town of Knox is still reeling one year after Kenneth White’s death on this day.
On Friday night his family, friends and neighbors cried and lit candles as they thought of him. They say that nothing like this should ever happen again.
“The feelings are still raw even though it’s one year later. It was just a senseless unnecessary murder of an innocent 5-year-old. There is nothing that a child can do to deserve that, nothing,” said Claire Ansbroingalls, Kenneth’s Army.
Tear filled eyes showed the intense pain that people are still dealing with after a 5-year-old boy was choked to death by his 19-year-old cousin, a year ago on December 18.
The people Kenneth left behind came to encourage each other, and to offer strength. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple has the road closed so that this vigil could go on uninterrupted.
“I’ve got three boys, and I can tell you that every one of my guys behind me went home and hugged their kids a little tighter that night. We lost a 5-year-old little boy, loving little kid. And there’s a twin out there who lost their sibling,” said Craig Apple, Albany County Sheriff.
Kenneth’s cousin, Tiffany VanAlstyne, confessed to killing Kenneth, and will be in court for her next hearing January 14. She is facing a second degree murder charge and is looking at 18 years to life in prison.
“They are not going to let this boy’s memory faded, I can tell you that. But they are mad, they are mad,” said Sheriff Apple.
“If you took a look around, we have picked up, but we are not moving on. We are still mourning. We are still in pain. We are still angry,” explained Claire Ansbroingalls with Kenneth’s Army.
NEWS10ABC asked Kenneth’s mom how she will remember her son; she said that he was a blessing and will be sorely missed by everyone in the area.