Citizens of the Perry Community have organized an 8 p.m. candlelight vigil on Friday, May 19 at Pattee Park honoring 16-year-old Sabrina Ray. Ray was found deceased at her home on Friday, May 12 weighing 56 pounds.
“I thought, you know what, we need this,” said Jack Butler, event organizer and Perry City employee.
Butler has begun to prepare for the event, assuming that anywhere from 20 to 200 people could attend, he guessed.
Chinese lanterns will be available, as well as candles for the remembrance.
“There’s quite a few people that have jumped in and there’s people that will have donation cans,” Butler said.
In the scenario of bad weather, Pastor Andrea Brownlee has offered Perry’s First Christian Church on Lucinda to hold the event.
“There was an email through the Perry Ministerial Association,” Brownlee said. “I think several are planning on going.”
Brownlee will be delivering words of hope to the community. In addition, Butler believes there will be a moment of silence to honor Ray, as well as words from Pastors or others to honor her.
“I didn’t know this girl, but we’re just trying to put a little ease on people,” Butler said. “There’s a lot of people who are mad and upset by this.”
Parents Marc and Misty Ray, owners and operators of Rays of Sunshine Daycare, were arrested on Thursday, May 18, with charges including Child Endangerment, four counts of Child Endangerment resulting in serious injury, and three counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person.
Both are being held at the Dallas County Jail on a $1 million dollar cash-only bond.
A memorial fund has been established for Sabrina Ray at Great Western Bank in Perry.