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Death of Glens Falls child drives mourners to make memorial

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Family and friends gathered on Mission Street in Glens Falls on Saturday, dropping off stuffed animals, lighting candles and leaving letters - expressing their final goodbyes to 5-year-old Gary Carpenter III.

"I just can't believe he's gone," said family friend Joan Smith of Glens Falls.

"He definitely had way too much life to lose," said family friend Crystal Monroe of Whitehall.

"I miss him so much it hurts, said Kathy Carpenter, Gary's cousin.

Mourners were still in shock as they shared memories of the little boy they all knew as Wolfy.

"I'm hoping all this stuff somehow gets to his grave site or wherever he is, or to his father with his memories. But this is very hard for a lot of people," said family friend Merrill Robert of Glens Falls.

5-year-old Gary Carpenter III died after suffering a traumatic head injury that occurred at his familiy's home on Mission street in Glens Falls.

Those grieving are left holding onto photos and memories.

"He was a sweet adorable child. Him and I shared memories, a lot of them, milk and cookies. He'll always be in my heart," said Smith.

"Little Gary he's a love bug. All he wanted to do was give hugs, kisses. He was the type of kid that just made your heart smile," said Monroe.

Carpenters mother, 23-year-old Jennie M. Mattison, and her boyfriend 24-year-old Brandon M Warrington, both of 5 Mission Street were arrested.

Warrington is charged with Assault in the 1st-Degree, and felony Reckless Endangerment in the 1st-Degree and Mattison is charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 1st-Degree.

The tragedy has left many sad and some angry.

"We don't understand it. We still don't understand it from today so I don't know what to do," said family friend Steven Suba.

"I hope they get justice. I hope they get what they deserve," said Carpenter.

Those who came out to say goodbye to their Wolfy believe they may never know exactly what happened to him, but they're comforted by remembering his life.

"His spirit, his joyful. The times we had with him," said Carpenter.

"We miss him. We care about him and hope he's doing better up there," said Suba.

According to the Warren County District Attorneys Office no additional charges have been filed against Carpenter's mother or her boyfriend.

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