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Community talks about child abuse at vigil for Quitman toddlers found dead

A candlelight vigil was held in Quitman for two dead toddlers. (Source: KLTV Staff) A candlelight vigil was held in Quitman for two dead toddlers. (Source: KLTV Staff)
All of the items for the vigil were donated. (Source: KLTV Staff) All of the items for the vigil were donated. (Source: KLTV Staff)
QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) - Dozens came together Sunday for a candlelight vigil honoring two Quitman toddlers who were found dead in an apartment complex on July 24.

Gabriella Guerrero, 3, and Natalye Price, 1, were found dead in their apartment after a male caller told police the two girls were not breathing. Preliminary autopsy results show both girls died of blunt force injuries.

Sunday night, community members gathered at a Quitman park to remember the girls. Quitman Chief of Police Kelly Cole spoke about the importance of reporting child abuse. Mayor JR Evans was also in attendance and echoed the police chief's sentiments.

Before blowing out the candles, the crowd sang and prayed. One woman, who said she used to babysit the girls, explained why the whole community was affected by the tragedy, even those who did not know them.

“I think it's a time for us as a community to come together and stand against child abuse. A lot of kids don't have a voice to be heard. I think it's very important for us to make people aware of what to look for," Merissa Gray said.

All of the candles, decorations and help for the vigil were donated by local businesses and volunteers. About fifty community members showed up of all ages.

The death of the two children is still under investigation.

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