TOWN OF TIOGA (WBNG) — Community members who both did and did not know the eight-month-old who recently passed away showed up to a vigil to keep her memory alive.
Dozens of motorcyclists met in Vestal Monday evening to ride all the way to St. Patrick’s Cemetery where the candlelight vigil was being held for eight-month-old Ruby Franciscovich.
Ruby was found dead in a pond near the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Her father, Cody Franciscovich has been charged in her murder.
Members of the American Legion Riders Post 1645 and the “Punishers” were there to ride along one another.
“It helps us even to come out and do this for her, because it was a pretty sad thing to happen,” said Manny Fasano, the President of the American Legion Riders Post 1645 in Binghamton.
When the riders arrived in the Town of Tioga, they were met with a sea of red at the cemetery. Hundreds were there, holding candles, praying, and sharing their own thoughts about the tragic loss of a young soul.
“This kind of hits home for us as a community,” said vigil organizer, Irene Radigan. “Many of us may have known Ruby, many of us have not. Many of us have children in our lives and we want to spread awareness that, as a community, we are here for each other.”
There is a memorial that stands at the entrance of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.