FAYETTEVILLE — A 5-year-old boy who police say was murdered by his father was remembered Thursday in Fayetteville.
The death of Jared Green has saddened not only people who knew him, but strangers too. They attended a memorial service in his honor Thursday morning.
"We need to grieve his loss, need to allow the pain that touched his life to somehow touch ours. In doing so, we can find healing for our souls and compassion for the souls of others," says Pastor Brian Lee.
Police say Jared Green was a victim of child abuse. They say he was taped to a chair and left in a closet. His father, Michael Green and girlfriend, Alexandra Goehl are charged with murder and remain behind bars in the Cumberland County Jail.
The case has left a lasting impression on those close to the investigation. They say it is a call to action to prevent another tragedy.
"I know, individually, I can do more. As a member of the faith community, we should and can do more and as the director of the Department of Social Services, we can do more and we are going to do more," says Bill Scarlett.
Jared's mother and other family members were not at the memorial. They have asked for prayers and privacy and are planning a private funeral out of state.