EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Neighbors living along East Illinois Street joined family and friends Monday night in memory of three-month-old Kieran Bengert. The child’s father is accused of murder.
Candles lined the steps of their home where, only days ago, the young boy was found dead inside.
“I cried,” neighbor Raelene Stinson recalled.
Many of those people who attended brought balloons and stuffed animals to show the family support.
“I wanted everybody here tonight to understand that love does not die; it goes forward," Pastor Floyd Edwards Sr. said. "No matter how long you live or whatever happens, you’ll always remember the love that you’ve had with someone who has passed on.”
The coroner says the boy had multiple blunt force trauma. Both of his parents have since been charged.
The baby’s father, Jacob Bengert, has been charged with murder and is being held in the Vanderburgh Co. Jail. The mother, Chelsea Marksberry, is also in the Vanderburgh Co. Jail on a neglect charge. She’s due back in court on Jan. 15.
Police called the case “probably the worst infant death they’ve ever seen.”
The family requested the pastor bless their house before he left.