'He just wanted to be loved,' mourners remember 5-year-old

Posted at: 11/28/2012 6:27 PM
Updated at: 11/29/2012 11:02 AM
By: Mark Mulholland

GLENS FALLS - More than 100 people said their final goodbyes Wednesday to a little boy.

He died earlier this month, allegedly at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.

Gary Carpenter was remembered as a child who just wanted to be loved.

"Just the happiest little boy. He was so easy to please. I'm gonna miss you, Bubby," said his aunt.

Bubby was one of the nicknames for Gary, who died earlier this month from massive brain trauma.

Police say he was shoved to the floor and against a wall by his mother's boyfriend, Brendon Warrington. He's in jail, charged with murder.

Jennie Mattison is there too, charged with reckless endangerment. She's accused of failing to protect her son.

But many who attended Wednesday’s funeral wanted to remember how the child lived, not how he died.

"Sweet little Gary Carpenter the third has been gathered into God's arms. He could be no more secure," said Pastor Paul Mead of Gospel Lighthouse Church.

The child's mother had asked to go to the funeral from her jail cell, but the sheriff denied her request as he said it would've been a security risk because people are angry.

"God, I miss him so much. But I want justice in this," said the boy’s grandmother.

Justice will come, according to Mead, if those at the funeral do good in little Gary's memory.

The little boy will be buried in the spring of next year.