NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of Naugatuck residents are now wearing pink bracelets inscribed with “Justice for Camilla” in honor of Camilla Francisquini, an 11-month-old girl killed in town last month.
“You feel so helpless,” said Corinna Stancil of Naugatuck. “What can you do to support the family? I can’t imagine anything like that. It’s just horrendous.”
On Wednesday, the bracelets were available at the Loaded Goat Coffee Company on Church Street, in the Town Hall Lobby, and at all Naugatuck Dunkin’ locations. Each bracelet is $2, and the funds raised will go directly to Camilla’s mother, Krystl.
“We opened this morning at 7, and by a quarter to 8, we were sold out of all 200,” said Doreen Sorrentino, the owner of the Loaded Goat Coffee Company. “We lucked out and got another batch, and they sold out around 11-11:30.”
In addition to the bracelets, direct donations can be made. Donors can mail the funds to The Mayor’s Office at 229 Church St., Naugatuck, CT, 06770. Checks should be made to “ION Bank” with the subject of “#JusticeForCamilla” to ensure funds are distributed to the fundraiser.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to help Krystl relocate and get going,” Naugatuck’s Mayor Pete Hess said.
Camilla, who would have just celebrated her first birthday on Dec. 3, was killed on Nov. 18. Police believe she was killed by her father, 31-year-old Christopher Francisquini, who was captured by Waterbury police after two weeks on the run.
During the search for her alleged killer, officers wore the “Justice for Camilla” bracelets to show support for her family and help remind them of their mission to seek justice for the child.
A vigil was held for Camilla over the weekend. Holding back tears, Krystl thanked the Naugatuck community for coming together and helping the police.
“Without ya’ll, there wouldn’t have been any justice, and that’s the best birthday gift I could give my baby,” she said.
While the bracelets have sold out, more have been ordered. Hess said he expects more to arrive this week and told News 8 they’d continue selling the bracelets as long as possible.