Elgin, Iowa (AP) – A tight-knit community in northeast Iowa has come together to honor the life of a young child who police say accidentally shot himself.
4-year-old Jayden Phillips of Elgin died Friday after he was rushed to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe he accidentally shot himself around 2:30 p.m.
Residents gathered in a community park for a candlelight vigil in his memory Sunday. Volunteers set up luminaries in white bags with phrases such as “Mommy’s Angel,” ”Little Man,” ”Big Brother,” and “Until we meet again.”
Colletta Harnisch, who helped organize the event as a friend of the family, says that money collected at the vigil will go toward funeral expenses and whatever else the family needs.