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Honor Memory of London McCabe by Being Kind, Family Says

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The family of an autistic 6-year-old boy who was thrown to his death from a bridge, allegedly by his mother, thanked an Oregon community Saturday for its "outpouring of love and support" in the wake of the tragedy.

"The best way you can honor him and not let his death be in vain, is to have purpose in your own hearts to respond in kindness, love and respect toward all those people in your own lives. Especially those with special challenges," the family of little London McCabe said in a statement read to hundreds of people attending a vigil for the boy in Newport, Oregon.

"Don’t allow hatred, bitterness, anger, or revenge to fill your heart," the statement went on, which was read by a Marisa Dean, a friend of the family. Crowds lit candles and sang "Amazing Grace" on a pier overlooking the bay. Many left their burning candles along the pier's railings and some left stuffed animals and balloons.

On Monday, Jillian McCabe allegedly took London for a walk, threw the child off a bridge into Yaquina Bay, and then called 911 to tell authorities what she had done. She is charged with aggravated murder. Relatives said she had been suffering from mental illness and snapped from the combined pressures of caring for an autistic child, her husbands’ life-threatening illness and the death of her father.

Jillian McCabe is being held without bail at Lincoln County Jail. She is due in court on Nov. 12.

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