gather in emotional tribute to Dominick Calhoun on first anniversary of
4-year-old's slaying Published:
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 7:53 PM Tuesday,
April 12, 2011, 11:25 PM
AlHajal | The Flint Journal
LINDEN, Michigan -- Tens
of thousands of
people have reached
out to the
family of Dominick Calhoun since the 4-year-old was killed a year ago,
and some 250 of them gathered
in a park today for an emotional tribute to the boy a year after his
Supporters arranged hundreds of blue pinwheels in the
shape of an
awareness ribbon and then released balloons into the air over Finch
picnic area in Linden County Park.
"Eighty percent of the people here never even met that boy," said
Dominick's aunt Melanie Calhoun, of Sylvan Lake. "It blows my mind to
see how many lives he's changed."
A deer at one point during the tribute poked its
through the woods
and pranced across the edge of the field before hopping back into the
"I think it mends the heart a little bit," said Dominick's grandfather
Rick Calhoun about the gathering. "It just helps the healing process,
letting Dominick know that he's got a lot of people that love him and
Family members said the commemoration continues a year of efforts to
raise awareness on child abuse.
a terrible reason for everyone to have to meet, but it's bringing
people together and it's a good thing for the kids of the future," said
Dominick's father, Eric Calhoun, 29.
"It's good that all these people know about it. I would hate for it to
happen to anybody else."
on April 12, 2010,a
day after he was found severely beaten in an Argentine Township
The boy's mother Corrine
Baker and her
Hayes are each facing
murder trials in