Vigil Held For 1-year-old Drowning Victim

A Saturday filled with sorrow as the Wortham family visited the creek where 16-month-old Elijah drowned Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Saturday filled with sorrow as the Wortham family visited the creek where 16-month-old Elijah drowned Wednesday.

Friends and family gathered to remember the boy they called an "incredible kid."

"16 months and he has touched the world," said Angela Wortham, Elijah's grandmother.

Angela said Elijah liked to dance and color. Elijah, at one years-old, even had his favorite song.

"'Juju on That Beat,'" Angela said with a laugh. "His favorite words were: 'you, yo daddy's son.'"

The laughter brought from positive memories soon followed by streaming tears.

"Elijah was scared of them woods," Angela said. "He would have never, never walked back to them woods."

A family friend was babysitting Elijah when he wandered off, later found him unresponsive in a creek.

"Justice will be served," said Jonique Kiser, Elijah's aunt.

But Saturday's ceremony was all about remembering by releasing, as orange balloons were released to the sky.

"We sent him up," Angela said. "In the middle of the street to get sent away to heaven, the right way."

Police tell NBC Charlotte that the investigations as to whether there was foul play was involved is still ongoing.

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