NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — On December 3, Camilla Francisquini would have celebrated her 1st birthday. However, she was tragically killed by her father, who was captured by Waterbury police Friday.
The Naugatuck community joined forces Saturday night to honor Camilla’s life by wearing the color pink and displaying pink lights throughout the town. The vigil kicked off at 5 p.m. People throughout the city showed their support for the baby’s family.
Camilla’s mother, Kristyl, spoke out for the first time since her daughter was killed.
“Every day you see your daughter, every day. And then one day it just stops,” she said. “I’ve been trying not to cry and everything because I just want to keep my baby’s smile and laughter because that’s all she did. She hardly cried.”
Holding back tears, she thanked the Naugatuck community for coming together and helping police.
“Without ya’ll, there wouldn’t have been any justice and that’s the best birthday gift I could give my baby.”
The tree lighting and visit from Santa were moved from Saturday to Sunday at 5 p.m.
Officers have been wearing pink Camilla bracelets to show support for her family and help remind them of their mission to seek justice for the child. Police said that while these bracelets are not for sale to the public, orders have been made to obtain more in the coming days, and the public will be notified when they’re available.
Police believe Christopher Francisquini, Camilla’s father, killed her in their Naugatuck home on Nov. 18.
Naugatuck police chief Colin McAllister said the medical’s examiner office ruled the child’s death as a homicide caused by neck compressions and stab wounds. McAllister said officers found Camilla’s body in “a state of dismemberment.”
Francisquini was captured Friday night after two weeks on the run. He was taken into custody and is being held on a $5 million bond.