NORTH PORT, FL (WFLA) – It was a day of remembrance, a day of reflection for dozens in North port. They gathered at the Peace Christian Fellowship on Sumter Boulevard attending a vigil for little Chance Walsh. The 2-month-old was found buried in a shallow grave not far from the church. Many in the community had prayed for days that the baby would be found alive.
Pastor Brian Zdrojowy of Awaken Church led the service with Peace Christian Pastor Kyle Cannon. Zdrojowy prayed with the crowd, many holding candles.
“We are grateful for Chance and we are now certain he is in your care. ” Zdrojowy said. “We come before you with this family tonight, God and we just ask that you would speak peace to our troubled hearts…. God we are here tonight a lot of us have questions like why? ”
The pastors also offered help for those in need. Some speculate Chance’s mother, Kristen Bury and father, Joseph Walsh, never got the help they needed.
Lisa Rowe is a local resident who believes substance abuse is a huge issue in the area.
“Substance abuse affects everybody. I think we all have some level of it. Whether in our friends or family. The circles we run and it changes people,” Rowe said. “It changes their lives and unfortunately, creates people that do things like this.”
The service lasted about an hour, and just as it wrapped up, Chance’s grandmother, Sally Susino and other family members stepped up to the microphone to tell the community, thank you.
“We’re one big family and we’ve stayed this way through this whole thing. And we had belief and faith that this would end a different way. But we’re forever grateful for everyone who came together and prayed. And brought him back to us,” Susino told the group, many of whom were in tears. “You brought him home. And now he’ll forever be in God’s house.”