Colton Turner vigil draws hundreds, despite the rain and cool air

 The air was chilly and the rain was falling...but the crowd only grew.

Varsha Megha is a Cedar Park mother of 8.  When she heard about the fate of 2-year-old Colton Turner, she wanted to do something for him -- so she used Facebook to invite others to a candlelight vigil.

"I thought 'let's just go pray.'  And I actually only invited 15 people.  And within an hour it was jumping in the hundreds and then spiraled to the thousands.  When I woke up this morning, there was like 1100 invites saying they're coming," Megha said.

As the scheduled time for the vigil drew closer, the rain let up...and a rainbow stretched across the sky.  Hundreds paid their respects to Colton -- writing messages, leaving toys, lighting candles and releasing balloons into the sky.

Khalyn Schofield and Jessica Bullard were friends with Colton's mother Meagan.

Jessica says she used to babysit Colton.

"She...gave him to anyone she could pawn him off on...I'm one of them.  One of the thousands that she had," she said.

Both Khayln and Jessica recently saw Meagan and asked about her son.

"I saw her about a week ago, she talked to her about a week and a half ago asking about Colton and she said he was fine.  And then this happens," Khalyn said.

"She told us that... she gave him to friends so that she could straighten her life out," Jessica said.

Jessica says she knew Meagan was an unfit parent, she just never thought it would go this far.

"It means a lot that all of these people came out and could take the time to see what's going on in this world and to have the heart to come out here," Khalyn said.

Meanwhile, in downtown Austin, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children held a "Celebration of Justice and Hope" at the Hyatt.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was in attendance.  He says he wishes he could been at the vigil too -- but he says the work isn't done.

"I'm here thinking about him, he's close to my heart.  He's been in my prayers.  I couldn't sleep last night.  And so this is about preventing another child from ending up like he did in some grave," Acevedo said.

Acevedo says their investigation will be more than just finding out how Colton died and holding those responsible accountable.

"We want to know is there something that was missed?  Did the police department miss something?  What was the history with this young boy?  And is there something that we can do better to not have a tragedy like this again?  No little boy should have to end up like he ended up," Acevedo said.

So far, Meagan Work has been charged with tampering with evidence and abandoning and endangering a child without intent to return.
In the meantime, some of the same people who came out to tonight's vigil in Cedar Park will also be having a birthday balloon release for Colton next Sunday.
He would have turned 3 years old.

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