As an investigation into the grisly death of a 2-year-old Brooklyn girl continues, neighbors say they're stepping in to donate services for the child's funeral. NY1’s Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
The sadness was palpable in Bedford-Stuyvesant Friday night as residents visited a makeshift memorial to pay their respects to the little 2-year-old girl found dying in her mother’s arms.
“My heart goes out to the family because I'm a mother also. It's hard, very hard,” said one resident.
“May her soul rest in peace,” said another.
The news also stunned some business owners and community leaders.
“I lost a young one earlier and to hear this—you know, there are so many people out there who want children, and to hear of a young child being lost, it just breaks your heart, and you want to do as much as you can for the family, whatever the story is,” said Andrew Sorrentino.
Sorrentino is a funeral director and he is offering his services for free. The community is also coming together to chip in.
"We want to donate everything, which would be casket, the funeral services, the hearse—everything that the family needs, everything that's included in the funeral. We're going to donate it," said Andrew Sorrentino of Andrew Sorrentino Funeral Service.
"We will be donating the clothes that this child is going to need for a proper burial," said Mark Tanis, general manager of Shoppers World. “When he told me the story, my heart just fell down.”
"We're just going to do whatever we can to be there for this family. This is just a tragedy,” said Tony Herbert, community activist.
The Administration for Children's Services says Cathryn was an only child.