Belfast candlelight vigil planned for murdered girl, Marissa Kennedy; remembered as shy and kind
BELFAST — A candlelight remembrance for the 10-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her parents has been planned for Saturday in Belfast.
Marissa Kennedy, of Stockton Springs, died after months of abuse suffered at the hands of her mother and stepfather, who have both been arrested and charged with depraved indifference murder.
Julio Carrillo, 51, and wife Sharon Carrillo, 33, were arrested Feb. 26, and remain in custody at Two Bridges County Jail in Wiscasset, both with a $500,000 cash bail. Should either make bail, they are prohibited from having contact with anyone under age 15.
If convicted both face life in prison.
At the couple’s arraignment, State Prosecutor Donald Macomber described the crime as the worst case of depraved indifference murder he had seen in his 30 years as a prosecutor.
Marissa was a student at Searsport Elementary School, though she reportedly stopped attending sometime last fall.
A woman whose son went to school with Marissa in Bangor last year remembered her as very shy. Lyndsay McKenzie said her son, Brodie, was one of the few friends she had in their shared classroom. Lyndsay said Marissa was very kind and was concerned and helpful when her son injured his arm in class.
Brodie reportedly said that Marissa knew how to make people smile and laugh. She also she liked art class, and to write, he said.
Lyndsay said her son told her there were times when Marissa failed to come to class last year, and other times she was in the hospital.
Marissa’s school at the time of her death, Searsport Elementary School, released a statement Feb. 28, saying the news was heartbreaking, and that the death of a child is the ultimate tragedy.
Though it is unclear who is organizing the vigil, the event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Belfast Town Square, located near the Post Office.
Erica Thoms can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org