Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Says Final Goodbye to Slain Little Boy; Many Mourners Line Up to Pay Respects to Christopher Michael Barrios Jr

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Says Final Goodbye to Slain Little Boy; Many Mourners Line Up to Pay Respects to Christopher Michael Barrios Jr

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK - A community paid its respects Wednesday to 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. on the same day a grand jury indicted his suspected killers.

As they have since the day after the child disappeared, members of the community rallied around the grieving family forming lines to file past the little white casket at Edo Miller & Sons Funeral Home. Members of a Brunswick Fire Department honor guard took turns standing at the head of the coffin as adults and children filed through.

As soon as Patricia Lamb stepped into the room, her face reddened and tears flowed.

"My kids were friends with him," she said. Her children, 6, 11 and 12, played with Christopher every weekend when they visited her brother, Jerry Lamb, at Canal Mobile Home Park where Christopher and his family lived.

Two big pictures of a smiling Christopher sat at each end of the closed casket, Spider-Man figures were perched on wreaths and a little bicycle rested nearby.

The boy's father, Christopher Michael "Mike" Barrios, accepted hugs and handshakes, many from people who didn't know his family.

"That's my baby's bike," he said. "He loved Spider-Man."

About 3 p.m., a video of still pictures from Christopher's short life began showing. Many visitors who had chatted froze silently in place to watch, many of them smiling through tears as Christopher as a toddler grinned from the screen.

Valerie Gill, who produced the video, is one of the Barrios family's many new friends. Gill said she wanted to do something to help after the community had been so good to her family when they lost their house and all their belongings in a fire.

Parents held their children's hands as they came for the afternoon visitation. The line stretched far outside the funeral home.

Mike Barrios has other children, and his mother, Sue Rodriguez, was struggling as she tried to keep up with one of them, 16-month-old, Jordan, outside the funeral home. …

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