KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Family, friends and organizers with Team Zaden wanted to lighten up their efforts in a fun way with a skate party.
The event benefits Zaden McKnight’s school, Edison Elementary School, but it also hopes to remind the public that the little boy still needs to come home.
It’s been more than 6 months since McKnight has been seen.
McKnight, who would have turned 5 this summer, has been missing since the murder of his mother, Nichelle McKnight.
Police have been actively searching for clues, but so far they can’t find him.
His mother’s body was found in the Stillwater River near Harrison Township.
But search after to search near that area and more, McKnight has not been found.
“Zaden went missing, you know, earlier this year and we are desperate to get some answers and bring some awareness to his case ,” admitted Victoria Moore, an organizer with Team Zaden, a volunteer search group.”And we just came out to make sure we put the bug in people’s ear that Zaden is still missing.”
So organizers with Team Zaden wanted to do something in his honor and keep the search alive.
They gathered and welcomed the public to Skateworld of Kettering for a food drive for the elementary school the boy attended.
For 5 cans, people were given free admission.
Organizers say the support in the community is steady and strong.
“The turnout has been amazing. We’re really happy to see how many people came out to support us. They know that it’s a food drive to help benefit families, but they also know but they also know that we want to spread awareness Zaden missing and do every thing we can to bring him home,” she explained.
It’s a hope organizers and most importantly family have for the little boy that one day he too, like his mother, can be laid to rest and find peace.
If you weren’t able to make it to Friday night’s event, you still can donate by contacting organizers here.