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Vigil honors Robert Manwill

Leonora Porter and her three children, right, write a message on a photo of 8-year-old Robert Manwill, whose body was found Monday. “We knew him. Robert was our friend,” Porter said.
Leonora Porter and her three children, right, write a message on a photo of 8-year-old Robert Manwill, whose body was found Monday. “We knew him. Robert was our friend,” Porter said. Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesma

Hundreds of people gathered to remember 8-year-old Robert Manwill on Friday night across the street from Robert’s mother’s Vista Avenue-area apartment. Leonora Porter and her three children wrote a message on a photo of Robert, whose body was found Monday. “We knew him. Robert was our friend,” Porter said. Friends and strangers brought stuffed animals, lit candles and released green balloons — Robert’s favorite color. They ate pizza, meatballs, green cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches, Robert’s “favorite sandwich.”

PUBLIC SERVICES SET• Racing dedicated to Robert, Meridian Speedway, Saturday, 335 S. Main St. in Meridian. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30 p.m.•Funeral services, 2 p.m. Sunday, Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise.

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