‘Angels’ Field’ To Memorialize Murdered Palm Bay Children
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // April 15, 2015
palm bay city council adopted resolution Tuesday
ABOVE VIDEO: Hundreds of residents came together inside Palm Bay Christian Church to honor the lives of three children whose lives were taken too soon. Philip McCarty, 6, Christopher Swist, 5-months and Laci McCarty, 7, were tragically murdered in an incident involving their mother Jessica McCarty on March 20. Watch the highlights of the vigil with reactions by area residents. (Video by Zach Clark, SpaceCoastDaily.com)
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — The mayor and council adopted a resolution Tuesday evening memorializing three children who were killed last month.
Two weeks after the children were murdered, baby Christopher’s grandfather Stanley Swist met with city leaders requesting the name in honor of the three children.
The two older siblings were active participants in Palm Bay West Little League.
The Parks and Recreation Department approved the plan to have the field bear the sign, “Angels’ Field, In Memory of Lacey, Phillip and Christopher.”
The mayor and council adopted the resolution with a unanimous vote and the name change will take effect immediately.
Family members present during the council resolution tearfully thanked the council and the community for the comfort and support they received.
“The families of these children deserve this and so much more,” said Mayor William Capote.
“Lacey, Phillip and Christopher will always be remembered for their sweet innocence. We know they are in a better place and we continue to pray for peace for their families that loved them so much.”
“I don’t think you ever heal from this,” said Christopher Swist, the baby’s father.
The best we can do is survive. The way we survive is we all stand together as one family.
As far as you guys even thinking about naming the field—that really means a lot to us. We just can’t say enough. We miss our kids. We miss our kids.”