FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Fort Wayne sidewalks are covered with chalk drawings calling for justice for the the 2-year-old who was beaten to death just a couple weeks ago. Some are also asking for his mother to be charged. Supporters said Malakai's death is fresh in their minds.
When asked what she misses most about Malakai, Addilyn Adams, Malakai's cousin, said "Everything."
She was perhaps one of the youngest supporters at the gathering for Justice for Malakai. At only 9 years old, she still has questions about his death.
"So we can get justice for him, and so we can just, like, know why he died," she said.
Along with Malakai's family, complete strangers held signs and called for changes to be made.
"I just don't understand how somebody so little can be so badly hurt, and for the mom to ignore all of the obvious signs of abuse," said Kaylena Vance.
Vance said as a mother she can't imagine letting anyone hurt her little boy. She said the system is failing babies like Malakai.
"I think that they need to have some kind of new procedure or law in place that will protect these kids sooner," she said.
The woman who has been organizing rallies for Malakai is also a stranger who connected with Malakai's family and wanted to help.
"The ultimate goal is to change the way the system works for our kids. From my understanding, there were multiple DCS cases and nothing was ever done," said Katelyn Gustin.
Gustin said this could have all been prevented if the state had stepped in.
"Had they actually stepped in and taken into account the bruising through the months, and the weight loss, and really thought about it," she said.
For now, Gustin said she'll continue to rally and push for change.
"All this is about is the right people bringing justice, and making sure that the right people are behind bars for what's happened, and making sure it doesn't happen to other kids," she said.
Family and supporters of Malakai plan to organize a benefit in January. The proceeds will go to pay for funeral expenses.