ORLANDO, Fla. - Dozens of marchers held signs and chanted Saturday morning as they walked more than a mile in the summer heat to the Little Miracles Academy, where Orlando police said 3-year-old Myles Hill was found dead this week after he had been left in a day care van for up to 11 hours.
Heartbreak could be heard as members of the crowd chanted “Justice for Myles” and “We love Myles” during the march.
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"The family is saddened and deeply grief stricken by this tragedy that has taken place," Jarian Lyons, the attorney of Myles’ family, said.
The walk served as a chance for family, friends and strangers to mourn and come together as they remembered the young boy who died days before his fourth birthday.
"That could have been my grandson for that matter, so it's only right that I came out and showed my support," one marcher said.
But the marchers said the walk was also a chance to fight for change so that something similar doesn't happen to another family.
The family started the "Check for Myles" petition to bring awareness to kids who have lost their lives to negligence of day care workers.
Pastor Stovelleo Stovall explained the marchers’ mission.
"To keep the awareness of the day cares about paying attention,” Stovall said. “When parents drop their kids off, they shouldn't worry about something happening to their kids."
Stovall added that too many children die in hot cars, and he doesn’t want to see any other family suffer.
Pastor Justin Felton said he also marched in support of the call for legislative action.
"We need to bring more attention to this. This needs to have legislation – correct legislation,” Felton said. “I'm standing with the family today to make sure that we can make that happen."
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