Community support after body of missing boy found

Help with healing after child's body found

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Tragedy is bringing people together in St. Cloud.

On Friday, the body of 6-year-old Hamza Elmi was found in the Mississippi River, hours after he walked away from his home.

Now a group hoping to help with the healing. Natalie Ringsmuth is an organizer with Unite St. Cloud, a group bridging gaps in the community. Her group started a memorial in Hamza's honor. She also created a GoFundMe account to raise money to help with the burial.

She was among nearly 200 people who attended the burial ceremony on Saturday for the 6-year-old who lived with autism. He walked away from home and was found submerged in the river.

Following the ceremony, Ringsmuth and others delivered stuffed animals, cards and flowers to his parents, hoping the items bring comfort on a day of hurt.


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