Family, friends and members of the community gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son who died Friday afternoon at the Sanford Children's Hospital.
Those that were close to the family spoke of how happy the toddler was -- we spoke to a parent who has a two-year-old herself.
"I know, for each one of my friends and family members that have kids just hold them a little bit tighter because you don't want to ever experience anything like that," said Helena Rierson.
News of this tragic event has people all over the nation thinking about the toddler and his family.
Friday afternoon Adrian Peterson addressed the media asking for everyone to respect his privacy in such a devastating time.
"Just staying prayed up. You know, one thing I always bounce back to is the good Lord -- never give you more than you can beat that you can handle so I'm built tough," said Peterseon.
The two-year-old boy died from injuries sustained on Wednesday. The assault reportedly happened at the Platinum Valley Apartment Complex.
Patterson's neighbors told us that there was a lot of commotion Wednesday night and that's when several police cars and ambulances arrived at the complex.
One neighbor said she saw the little boy just hours before.
"He was cute. He seemed really happy and nice. He came over and petted my dog and he just seemed happy," said Katarina Wells, neighbor.
27 year old Joseph Patterson made his first appearance in the Lincoln County Courthouse Friday morning.
He's in custody on $750,000 bond facing charges of aggravated battery of an infant and domestic aggravated assault.
If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Now that the two-year-old has died, there will likely be new charges coming.
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