PLAINFIELD – A vigil night meant to unite the community in honor of Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6-year-old Illinois boy murdered last weekend, experienced frequent disruptions Tuesday evening as hundreds gathered at Prairie Activity and Recreation Center.
Despite intentions of solidarity against hate, the program was constantly disrupted by boos and protests. The tension peaked when a White House representative addressed the audience, leading to outbursts and dozens walking out, angered over Middle East policies.
Wadea’s father, addressing the crowd through a translator, expressed gratitude for the Plainfield community’s support. His mother remains in the hospital, unable to attend her son’s funeral or vigil due to injuries sustained in the attack.Police issued warnings to several attendees due to the disruptions. The alleged assailant, Joseph Czuba, remains in custody without bail.