Community attends candlelight vigil for injured Greenville toddler

Posted by Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:39 am on Thursday, April 04 2013

Friends, family and concerned residents gathered Wednesday evening to pray and show support during a candlelight vigil at Veterans Park in Greenville for 2-year-old Brooklyn Weimer, who is in a medically induced coma. — Daily News/Cory Smith


Brooklyn Weimer’s grandmother and aunt, shed tears during a candlelight vigil for the injured 2-year-old at Veterans Park in Greenville on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE— A group of about 75 people consisting mainly of family and close friends showed their support at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for a young girl clinging to life.

Greenville Community Church Pastor Paul Spittka had everyone in attendance gather around the flag pole at Veterans Park in Greenville to show support for Brooklyn Weimer, age 2, who remains in a medically induced coma at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids after suffering life-threatening injuries at a Greenville home.

Spittka lead the group in prayer, saying family and friends should not think about the “what ifs,” but should ask God to give the little girl strength to pull through.

“I believe in the power of prayer,” Spittka said. “She has had some dark shadows cover her life.”

During the short ceremony, Spittka said it was important for the people in attendance to pray with each other and send thoughts as a group. He ended the vigil by quoting Psalm 23.

Amongst the family was Holly Rogers of Greenville who came to show her support for Brooklyn and the family.

“(We are) hoping for a miracle to happen,” Rogers said. “We are here to support Brooklyn.”

Rogers said she has known Brooklyn since the little girl was about 8 months old.

“I hope she comes out of the coma,” Rogers said. “I hope our prayers are answered and the right things happen for her.”


Although family members did not want to go on record at the vigil, they described Brooklyn to The Daily News as “a fighter” and said “she will pull through this.”

On March 24, Brooklyn was found with abdominal injuries, intracranial bleeding and severe brain swelling and lacerations were also found on her liver, indicating additional physical abuse, according to Montcalm County Juvenile Court documents. No one has yet been charged with a crime in this case.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.

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