SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Candles were lit and tears were shed at a vigil for Duffy McLemore. The three-year-old drowned at James Island County Park.
Charleston Police say Duffy McLemore was playing at the Spray Play Sprinkler Saturday afternoon when he wandered off into a nearby pond. His mom told officers she was packing up to go and took her eyes off him for a moment.
The daycare Duffy attended, Summers Lane Learning Center, held a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to honor Duffy and show support for the family.
Duffy's teachers shared memories of the three-year-old.
"He would come with his hair spiked," said one teacher. "I said, 'this little boy looks like Rod Stewart.'"
Duffy's grandmother Barbara Eagle said her family is hurting right now.
"He was so lovable and playful and energetic and we're going to miss him really bad," Eagle said.
Duffy's 9-year-old sister Lori Eagle was thankful for all the love.
"Thanks for coming because it's very supportive," Lori said, with a tear in her eye.
The family said they're still in shock that Duffy is gone.
"You can watch your child constantly, but it's the one second you take your eyes away," Eagle said.
Duffy's classmates, friend and family released balloons into the sky.
"It's hard but we're here to support them," Gloria Holmes said.
"He's always going to be in our minds everyday," Eagle said.