Community mourns slain 10-year-old in hometown

Hundreds come to Stockton Springs to remember Marissa Kennedy
By Ethan Andrews | Mar 04, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Photos of Marissa Kennedy are displayed outside the Stockton Springs Town Office March 4 during a candlelight vigil for the 10-year-old, who was allegedly beaten to death by her parents.

Stockton Springs — 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."

Attendees at a March 4 candlelight vigil in Stockton Springs for Marissa Kennedy, the 10-year-old who died last month, allegedly as the result of beatings from her parents. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A crowd of several hundred assembles behind the Stockton Springs Town Office March 4 for a candlelight vigil in memory of Marissa Kennedy. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Visitors view photos of Marissa Kennedy on display in the basement of the Stockton Springs Town Office during a candlelight vigil March 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A crowd gathers behind the Stockton Springs Town Office March 4 at the start of a candlelight vigil in memory of Marissa Kennedy. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A girl carries a large doll during a candlelight vigil in Stockton Springs for Marissa Kennedy, the 10-year-old resident of the town who died a week earlier, allegedly as a result of beatings from her parents. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
An attendee at a March 4 candlelight vigil for Marissa Kennedy views a display of photos of the girl in the Stockton Springs Town Office. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Mourners gather in Stockton Springs March 4 for a candlelight vigil in memory of Marissa Kennedy. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
In Stockton Springs, mourners bow their heads during a March 4 candlelight vigil in memory of Marissa Kennedy. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
One of a number of photos of Marissa Kennedy on display at a candlelight vigil for the 10-year-old, who died last month allegedly as the result of beatings from her parents.
One of a number of photos of Marissa Kennedy on display at a candlelight vigil for the 10-year-old, who died last month allegedly as the result of beatings from her parents.
People fill Post Office Square parking area in Belfast at 5 p.m. Saturday for a vigil in memory of 10-year-old Marissa March 3 of Stockton Springs, who died last weekend after being battered for months. (Courtesy of: Steve Ryan)
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