BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Neighbors in the small town of Brunswick are coming together to help ease the pain of loss and sadness after the death an innocent baby boy.
A block party was held in Hanover Square to bring a sense of unity. Dozens of people gathered in the small park, even the mayor of Brunswick attended.
The details surrounding the murder of 1-year-old Antonio Santiago has left Brunswick native, Rachel Fitzpatrick, upset and shocked.
"This is not common, this doesn't happen here. I've been here my whole life," said Fitzpatrick.
She and a few of her neighbors decided to put together the block party to lift everyone's spirits.
"We needed to show some kids that there are people out there that are good that love them and that they're safe, said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick worries the crime has tainted her community. She says after the tragedy, there has been a sense of fear.
"I think people are sad I just think that they need some happy and that's what I'm here to do," said Fitzpatrick.
While the block party won't bring baby Antonio back, Fitzpatrick has one message for his mom, Sherry West.
"I would love for her to be here so that she can see that all these people are here for her," said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick and her neighbors hope to put together more block parties throughout the summer.