People from around mid-Michigan came to Lansing Township Friday night to mourn the death of seven-year-old Ricky Holland. The memorial service was organized by Holland's biological mother, Casey Jo Caswell.
Ricky Holland's adoptive parents, Tim and Lisa Holland, were charged last week in connection with Ricky's murder.
"When you light these candles, you are doing it in remembrance of little Ricky," Rev. Matthew Mangan of Williamston's Mount Hope Church said.
The memorial opened with lighting candles, as mourners filed past images of Ricky Holland's youngest years.
"It's a sad, sad thing that happened," Martha Hernandez of Lansing said.
Among those paying their respects was Janice Lien of Holt.
"We helped look for Ricky," Lien said.
She is among the hundreds of people from around mid-Michigan who spent hours in the hot summer sun searching for Ricky -- mostly, near Williamston.
Two pastors from Williamston helped with the service.
"It's a blessing to know our community rallies in time of need," Mangan said.
But the search for Ricky was felt far beyond the small town of Williamston. This Lansing woman says she scoured her property -- and like many, looked everywhere she went in the hope that maybe, Ricky would be there.
"We looked every time we went out in the field. Every time we went to the store. Did we see him? Did you see him?" she said.
Both Caswell and the Lansing Township Fire Department say they were originally planning a vigil -- a chance to pray that Ricky would be found alive.
Friday night Caswell, and many others. had their chance to say goodbye.
Caswell said she has contacted a lawyer and is looking into the possibility of adopting her three other biological children. They were living with the Hollands, along with Ricky.
She lost custody of her children about four years ago, when Ricky was three years old. Caswell's other children children remain with Tim Holland's family while the state determines custody.
-- in Lansing Township, Tony Tagliavia, News 10.