Two years ago 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was found murdered in his Potsdam home. As YNN's Barry Wygel tells us, time has not healed the wounds of a grieving community and family.
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The close-knit community of Potsdam has been in mourning for the past two years, and with no arrests made in Garrett Phillips' death, the wounds from that tragic day are still fresh.
"Every day is waking up and wanting one thing. The person responsible for this crime to be held responsible," said Brian Phillips, Garrett's uncle.
To mark the two-year anniversary of his death, the community gathered at the Garrett Phillips Park and released balloons. Hundreds of people attended.
"God, as Garrett is celebrating with you, and we're a little jealous at times, we gather here thinking two years, patience," said Rev. Lee Sweeney, while addressing the crowd.
Garrett's family says the community support has been unwavering.
"It makes you feel just wonderful that two years later we still have all the support from the community," said Phillips.
Family members say if there is one thing the public can do, it is not be silent. They want people to keep talking about Garrett and keep his memory alive.
"Every day is a struggle for most of us that are here. So please, stay loud and vocal," said Phillips, addressing the crowd.
Although no arrests have been made, Phillips family say they still maintain hope that justice will come soon.
"I'm still very confident that they are working daily on this and confident that one day we will have justice for Garrett," said Phillips.
That's the mission for supporters in Potsdam and many in the North Country until his killer is found. The proceeds from Thursday's balloon launch will go to the Potsdam Mentoring Program. It benefits middle school students and was a program Garrett participated in.