Dorchester family to hold public candlelight vigil for missing child
Kristopher Lewis was 13 years old when he went missing on Feb. 4, 2014, and his family is desperate to find him.
BOSTON - Jan. 29, 2016 -- The family of missing teen, Kristopher Lewis, will be holding a
candlelight vigil to acknowledge the second year of his disappearance.
The public and media are welcome to attend. Those attending will meet
at the family home at 94 Selden St., Apt 2, in Dorchester at 5:30 pm.
A short walk will be done to the bus stop that Kris was last seen and a
prayer and balloon release will be done. Please dress warm. Missing
posters will also be be given to those in attendance and with the hopes
that they will be hung somewhere visible within the community. Kris was
13 at the time of missing.
His mother, Nina Cancel-Gandy says "I'm hoping this vigil will reach everyone in the community to realize that Kris is still missing and I need whomever has information to please
come forward. I love and miss my son and his siblings are lost without
him." She also doesn't understand why there is not more media awareness
for her child. "It hurts. I can't help wonder if my child were a girl if
more would be done to find him? Two hours is a long time to not know
where your child is, let alone two years."
Karen Ranoni of
LostNMissing, a nonprofit assisting the family from New Hampshire,
says, "Usually a child of that age, when missing, is having some adult
assistance and especially after such a length of time." Adults assisting
a minor child by allowing them to stay at their home, without parental
or guardian approval, can be charged with custodial interference. She
further adds, "Naturally, we do not know where Kris is or if anyone is
holding him against his will, which would be a prosecuting crime if that
is the case." "This is why it is important for public awareness. Kris
needs to be located and in many cases someone has the needed
information, in the public, to find him."
Last year LostNMissing
organized a building mural, which still hangs, on the side of SignsByJ
in Dorchester. The sign company donated the printing and hanging of the
mural which is visible on I-93 south.
Lewis is described as a
biracial male of Hispanic-African American heritage standing 5'1" and
weighing under 100 pounds. He has a scar through his left eyebrow as
well as a scar on his upper lip. If anyone has information on his
disappearance, or has recently seen Lewis, to please contact the Boston
Police Department, Div B3, at (617) 343-4700, or (617) 343-4687. You may
request to remain anonymous.
Karen Ranoni, LostNMissing, Inc