Community remembers 2-year-old Malakai Garrett one year after death

Dozens of people gathered Thursday at Headwaters Park to remember Malakai Garrett, who was murdered one year ago.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 9:44 PM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2018 12:57 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Dozens of people gathered Thursday at Headwaters Park to remember Malakai Garrett, who was murdered one year ago.

"Every day is hard," said Lantz Garrett, the 2-year-old's father. There's no words for it. It just weighs every on us every day. We wake up, we see pictures of Maliki. I think of Maliki. I wished he was here."

Many of those pictures were passed around at the prayer vigil Thursday.

"I have a long ways to work every morning. He runs through my head every morning, every sunset I see, every sunrise I see," Garrett said.

Malakai's mother Amber Garrett and her boyfriend Mitchell Vanryn are charged with the murder.
Neither have stood trial.
But Lantz said these memorials will continue regardless.

"This will be something that happens every year, just in memory of a tragic thing that happened in this town," he said.

Before Malakai's death, his father filed several incident reports with the Department of Child Services and even tried to get an emergency custody hearing.
But the case didn't go anywhere.

"These children don't need to be put through what they are being put through. People need to realize these are our babies," Garrett said. "It won't ever go away. He will always be with us. No matter what."

Amber Garrett's trial is scheduled to happen next year with jurors coming from Marion County.

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