Community celebrates Baby King Jay's birthday with vigil

King Jay would have turned 1 on Thursday

By Bill Barajas - Reporter, Patty Santos - Reporter, Luis Cienfuegos - Photojournalist, Lee Carpio - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio community gathered to remember and celebrate baby King Jay Davila's birthday during a vigil Friday night.

"I think everybody is emotionally drawn to this case and so we wanted to celebrate him," Pamela Allen, the vigil's organizer, said.

On Jan. 10, investigators found baby King's lifeless body inside a backpack that had been buried in a field near the corner of Castle Lance and Castle Prince, which is where the vigil took place.

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Family members and strangers were in attendance for the vigil to celebrate what would have been King Jay's first birthday on Thursday. 

"Just knowing what happened to him, I feel like if I could have done anything, I would have been there to help him," said Rita Lopez, who brought a cake to the vigil in honor of King Jay.

Those in attendance also made sure to sing happy birthday for King Jay.

"We celebrate their birthdays and celebrate their lives because, through their lives and, unfortunately, through their deaths, we learned lessons in this community and we try to make people aware of child abuse," Allen said.

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