Updated 01/22/2008 07:24 AM
Jaliek's family and friends work to keep his memory alive
GREENWICH, N.Y. - Jaliek Rainwalker's grandmother Barbara Reeley said, "My heart breaks more and more. If Jaliek is not alive, I want some closure. I want to be able to put him to rest. It just eats at me day after day after day."
Friends and family of Jaliek said they can't rest until they find out what happened to him in early November when he disappeared. The Find Jaliek Task Force held a bake sale to raise money that will go toward the reward for any information leading to Jaliek's whereabouts, but people here said, more importantly, they're keeping his memory alive.
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Jaliek's Respite Home Caregiver Tom Person said, "We feel that it's very important that it's not forgotten and people know that we care about Jaliek and we want him found or whatever happened, we want to know."
Kylee Bentley, 11, said, "He was always happy all the time and always smiling. He was always goofing around."
Even though the goal of this group is to find Jaliek or find closure, they said the Find Jaliek Task Force will exist indefinitely.
"Until we know he is either safe and alive or until we find his body, it is very hard for us to have any peace of mind," said Reeley.
Jaliek's former foster mother Jodi Schoen said, "He loved to run, love to play soccer and play little jokes. He loved to read and he loved his dinosaurs. He was our son and you don't stop loving someone just because he can't live with you."
Meanwhile, we're told investigators continue to follow up on each lead they receive and are in constant contact with Jaliek's family. Police named Jaliek's adoptive father Stephen Kerr a person of interest last week, but no one has been charged with any crime in connection with his disappearance.