OGDEN -- Nancy Diez didn't know Corbin Anderson, but she wanted his family to know that her thoughts were with them.
Diez has a son just a few years older than Corbin, who investigators have said was swept away by the Weber River on April 28 during an outing for family portraits. Diez heard the news shortly after and as the boy remained missing, she wanted to show his family that their community supports them. She plans to walk along the river with her own family to keep an eye out for the boy.
"It's important to take a moment to step back and help someone else," she said, standing by the river with dozens of people on Saturday evening, shortly before lighting a candle she brought for the evening's vigil.
By the time it started, she was joined by more than 80 others near 300 W. Exchange Road, not long after investigators called off their search for the day.
Natasha Schroeder and her friends, who too do not know the Andersons, organized the Saturday evening vigil through Facebook and word of mouth to show the Layton family their support.
"We're hoping and praying that they find him soon so they can have closure," Schroeder said.
Schroeder and her 3-year-old daughter take walks along the Weber River. Now she's going to make sure that her daughter will be secured in a stroller each time they go by the water.
As he held his infant son, Josh Burr watched the river from the wooden deck overlooking where investigators have been searching for any sign of the boy. His family knows the Andersons, and they took the news of his probable drowning "pretty hard" when they found out the day after it happened.
He said his heart goes out to anyone who loses a child, and the tragedy has turned his mind to his own son.
Though the river appeared mostly serene, he knows the waters can be faster than they look.
"My son plays on these same rocks. This could've been him," said Stacey Rice, who helped organize the vigil's candle lighting and spoke at it.
Everyone can be taken away at any moment, "like this sweet little boy was," Rice said.
She encouraged everyone to take the time each day to notice something beautiful, since they can be taken away "in the blink of an eye," and to live each day like there is no tomorrow.
Rice said she also plans to organize a fundraiser for the Anderson family, though she did not have more details Saturday evening.
Besides the candle lighting, attendees left bouquets of flowers, stuffed animals, toys and candles on the wooden deck. Rice said everyone is welcome to return to the site in the days following the vigil to leave more memorials for Corbin, though she asked that anyone who lights a candle be sure that it's out before they leave.