ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People in an east Albany neighborhood came together Thursday night to remember a two-year-old girl found dead in an apartment Wednesday afternoon.
Residents at the Rivercrest apartment complex released balloons in honor of two-year-old Nyelle Garrison. "My heart goes out to Nya," said Tynese Lewis, Neighbor.
They led a prayer around a makeshift memorial with balloons, candles and teddy bears outside of the apartment where Nyelle's body was discovered. Nyelle's mother, Clarion Garrison is now in jail charged with concealing the toddler's death. Neighbors say the mom is a sweet person who didn't bother anyone.
"I treated her as family," said Lewis. "She treated me as family. She was a good person."
Garrison's sister says she has her full support. "Everyone has a story to tell and I mean regardless of the story the situation that's still my sister and I still love her," said Calekki Clem, Sister.
Clem says she has no idea what happened to her niece. "R.I.P to my little niece," said Clem. "Things happen tragically. I'm use to seeing things like this happen like far away or on the news but for it to hit home it's kind of devastating.
"I don't know really what happened during the time she was going through whatever I would've been there for her," said Lewis.
Clem is asking the community to hold their judgement against her sister. "No one knows, but God and that's who I'm putting that in his hands," said Clem.
"I just want her to know that we are praying for her," said Lewis. "We miss her and we're sorry she didn't reach out to us a little more than what she did."