A candlelight vigil in honor of a 5-year-old girl whose parents were convicted of starving her to death is planned for Oct. 30.
Maliyha Hope Garcia, who weighed 24 pounds when she died Dec. 21, 2016, will be remembered at 7 p.m. at Redmond’s Centennial Park, at the corner of SW Seventh Street and SW Evergreen Avenue downtown. According to a news release, the event also seeks to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. Attendees are asked to wear blue for child abuse prevention. They can also bring new or “like new” books and stuffed animals to donate to the KIDS Center of Bend or the Redmond Police and Fire departments.
A jury convicted Maliyha’s parents, Estevan Adrian Garcia and Sacora Rose Horn-Garcia, on Oct. 18, 2019, after roughly half a day of deliberation, according to The Bulletin. They were both found guilty of murder by abuse and two counts of criminal mistreatment.