On Sunday night, the streets of the village center were overrun with parked cars as crowds descended for a candlelight vigil in memory of Marissa Kennedy. The 10-year-old Stockton Springs resident died last month, allegedly as the result of months of physical abuse by her mother and stepfather.

Mourners gathered behind the Town Office, where organizers set up a tent for speakers and musicians. In the lower level of the building, tables bore tri-fold displays with photos of Marissa at different ages.

Several hundred people attended the event, the second of three vigils for Marissa. An event was held in Belfast Saturday night, and a third vigil is scheduled to be held in Bangor, where Marissa lived prior to moving to Stockton Springs in fall 2017.

The Bangor candlelight vigil will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Cascade Park.

In addition, local schools are encouraging students and staff to wear navy blue Wednesday, March 7, to raise awareness of child abuse. Jenna Keach, a sophomore at Searsport District High School, contacted The Journal via Facebook about the plans.

"Even though I didn’t know Marissa personally, this has left me completely heartbroken," she wrote. "I feel that the more people we make aware of what happened to this sweet little 10-year-old, the more people will take action and make a stand so other children won’t have to suffer the extreme abuse that Marissa did."