Candlelight vigil for Pender Co. 5-year-old girl: 'She’s our angel of Pender County.'

Candlelight vigil for Pender Co. 5-year-old girl: 'She’s our angel of Pender County.'
Organizers said the vigil was peaceful and calm, drawing a small crowd. A board was available for people to sign and share their thoughts with family and those who loved Paitin. (SOURCE: WECT)

BURGAW, NC (WECT) - A candelight vigil to commemorate Paitin Fields was held at 7.pm. Saturday night at the white gazebo outside the Pender County Courthouse in Burgaw.

"We will be having an opening prayer. We will have somebody doing a song, just gathering together in her name and hoping that she's not forgotten," said Jaime Whitmore, who helped organize the vigil

Paitin Fields is a 5-year-old girl who police say was raped and murdered last year in Pender County.

"She's our angel of Pender County," said Whitmore. "We want to bring awareness that justice still has not been served."

Organizers said the vigil was peaceful and calm, drawing a small crowd. A board was available for people to sign and share their thoughts with family and those who loved Paitin.

Organizers used the hashtag #JusticeforPaitinFields.

The investigation into Paitin's death is ongoing, according Capt. James Rowell with the Pender Co. Sheriff's Office in a phone call Saturday.

"We're talking about the life of a 5-year-old," said Capt. Rowell. "We've only got one chance to get this right. We want to make sure we hold the right person accountable."

Rowell said detectives are still waiting on the autopsy report from state medical examiners office.

"By law, they have up to 6 months to provide that information" said Rowell.

The autopsy results will provide more information about Paitin's cause of death, said Rowell.

Background on the Paitin Fields investigation

On November 13, 2017, 5-year-old girl Paitin Fields was taken to Pender Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to a press release from the Pender County Sheriff's Office.

Paitin was strangled, raped, and assaulted, according to police records. She ultimately died from the injuries.

The assault case quickly turned into a homicide investigation in which detectives have been assigned to work exclusively on the case.

No charges have been made that we publicly know of, and the investigation is ongoing.

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