Candlelight vigil held to remember Jesse Wilson

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Dozens stood with candles in one hand and a balloon in the other.

“I wanted my son alive, I wanted to find him," said Carrissa Stuart, Jesse Wilson’s biological mom.

[SPECIAL SECTION: The Search For Jesse Wilson]

Family and friends mourned the death of 10-year-old Jesse Wilson, whose remains were identified this week, after being found in Buckeye earlier this month.

“It’s hard, very hard,” said his biological dad Jesse Machado.

[RELATED: Police: Bones found in Buckeye are those of missing boy]

Wilson was taken away from his biological parents when he was a baby, and the two saw each other for the first time at Saturday night’s vigil. They painfully wished they had done more.

“I’m sorry son, I failed you as a father. I love him,” said Machado.

[RELATED: Woman claiming to be biological mom of missing Buckeye boy holds on to hope]

Friends shared memories of their favorite moments with Wilson, times of laughter and joy. It won’t bring the 10-year-old back, but it’s the beginning of long-awaited closure, remembering the little boy whose smile always lit up a room, and whose name will continue to do just that.

“I want justice for my son, I want justice for him,” said Stuart.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Search underway for 10-year-old Buckeye boy]

Wilson’s death is being investigated as a homicide, and his mom and dad said they hope they’ll get some answers soon as to how their son died.

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