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Family and friends hold vigil for 5-month-old Brailynn Ford

Her father has been charged for her murder
Posted at 11:11 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 23:13:22-04

An arrest in a homicide often brings closure for the victim's family.

On Thursday evening, loved ones gathered to remember one of the city's youngest victim. Many aren't ready to call the arrest of 5-month-old Brailynn Ford's father in her death as justice.

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Members of the community stood outside in the rain on Mosher Street in West Baltimore with purple balloons as a somber reminder of her death during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  

Hazel Wilson Brailynn's grandmother says it's been tough

"Trying to cope on a daily basis is very hard. Especially when we’re walking past her room and waking up and I’m used to hearing her scream and holler in the morning and she’d look up at me and start laughing."

As if gathering to grieve over the death of a 5-month-old isn't sad enough, it's her father, 21-year-old Anthony Ford who's charged with killing her.

Police say when the infant arrived at the hospital there were signs of trauma and she died three days later.

"You did this to my baby you need to definitely pay, and that's just that, but in my heart of hearts I just don't want to believe that he did that," said Wilson.

While Wilson can't say for sure whether or not she believes Ford stole Brailynn from her family, she says her 19-year-old daughter doesn't believe it.

She's broken, and will never be the same.

"I'm sad that there are two lives that are ruined there are two families that have been ripped apart."

Sharlene Walker has been in her cousin's shoes. She knows the pain all too well since her 17-year-old son was murdered just a year ago.

"It's hard. People don't realize what she's going through ti they're in their shoes, said Walker."It's different ages, but I feel what she's going through right now to lose a child period it's hard."

Even through their loss, they didn't let the rain dampen their spirits, instead letting go of their pain by lifting up Brailynn in a powerful prayer.

Brailynn's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at March Funeral Home on Wabash Avenue.