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UPDATE: Residents hold vigil for 2-year-old who drowned in apartment pool

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Photo by WRCB reporter Michelle Heron. Photo by WRCB reporter Michelle Heron.
Photo from obituary of Noah Kingston Reyna. Photo from obituary of Noah Kingston Reyna.
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -

Residents at Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments were decorating candles in preparation for Thursday night's vigil, honoring 2-year-old Noah Reyna.

The toddler died on Sunday after he was found unresponsive in the neighborhood pool.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Mother, boyfriend charged with 2nd degree murder in Fort O. toddler drowning

"We're just gonna make sure he's remembered," said resident Leeann Neill.

"We don't know how many people are coming. We hope a lot of people do come, because it shows the support of the community," said resident Jon Miller, who helped plan the vigil.

He went around to area businesses on Thursday, collecting food donations for the vigil. Miller and his family have lived at the apartment complex for seven years.

"It's even in our lease, that (children) under age 10 need to be watched. A majority of the parents don't watch their children," said Miller.

"I've experienced it firsthand, finding (Reyna) wandering around," said Trina Cartwright, former resident.

Cartwright stopped by to take a picture of the two-year-old's makeshift memorial.

"It's sad," said said, tearfully. "It breaks my heart."

Cartwright plans to bring her grandson to the vigil to pray with old friends after tragedy.

"There's a few people that don't watch their kids," she said. "I hope this opens their eyes, to see how easy something like that can happen."

The toddler's mother, Elizabeth Reyna, 42, and her boyfriend, Billy Ray Crawford, 41, are facing second degree murder charges.

Fort Oglethorpe Police said officers have previously investigated calls of neglect at the home.

READ MORE | Police called to toddler's home two weeks before death

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

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