GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A relative of Janaya Thompson says she feels a sense of relief now that the man accused in the murder of the 5-year-old Gulfport girl has been indicted.
Angela Hinton is a cousin of Janaya Thompson. She says the family has been told by attorneys not to talk about the case or the suspect, Alberto Garcia. She did say it has been a tough year since Janaya was sexually assaulted and killed, but the family continues to lean on each other for support and healing.
Hinton is finding some comfort by working with the "Purple Village," a foundation she's heading up to honor Janaya's memory. Hinton says the organization is planning a candlelight vigil on October 15, which is Janaya's birthday. During that event, she wants to spread the word about sexual crimes against children.
"I think it's important to get it out there so we can prevent these things from happening to our kids, because I felt like it's so close to my heart, it hurts my heart just to see these things keep happening," said Hinton.
The organization also plans to hold a flag football competition later this month to raise funds. Members have adopted Bel Aire Elementary, the school where Janaya would have started first grade.