Dedication ceremony honors memory of Fall River boy

David Almond grove dedication, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Office of Rep. Carole Fiola)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — A dedication ceremony took place Friday in memory of a Fall River autistic boy.

State Rep. Carole Fiola and Sen. Michael Rodrigues dedicated the Fall River Heritage State Park picnic grove in honor of young David Almond.

“My hope is that when people walk pass his sign and goggle his name and see the horrific event, it will remind people that everyone is responsible for the well-being of our children and we must not ignore any signs we see.,” said Fiola.

David tragically passed away from starvation and neglect in October 2020.

The 14-year-old lived in a one-bedroom apartment with his father, his father’s girlfriend, one of his triplet brothers, and a half-sibling.

In May, a tree was planted in David’s memory overlooking Battleship Cove, just moments from his former home.

While David’s cause of death was starvation, Massachusetts officials said that “multi-system failure” contributed to his passing.

“This tragedy serves as a reminder that anyone who has concerns of a child’s well-being should say something and contact the proper authorities, be it the police, the Department of Child and Family Services or the Office of the Child Advocate,” said Rodrigues.

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