A vigil was held Friday night for the North Stonington children shot and killed by their grandmother.
An Amber Alert was issued for 2-year-old Alton Perry and his 6-month-old brother Ashton after they weren't returned home by their grandmother Debra Denison, 47, from daycare Tuesday afternoon.
The three were found in parked car near Lake of Isle in Preston Tuesday night.
The chief state's medical examiner confirmed that both Alton and Denison died of gunshot wounds to the head while Ashton died of multiple gunshot wounds.
"They just can't make sense of the situation," said North Stonignton First Selectman Nick Mullane. "It's just a tragic loss and we feel for the family."
Police said Denison had written a suicide note.
Relatives told Eyewitness News Denison suffered from bipolar disorder, and records show that she had a number of financial troubles.
"I just can't explain it," said Robert White, who is the great uncle of the boys. "I mean these were two babies, innocent little children. I'm just trying to absorb it."
The Chelsea Groton Bank has set up the Perry Family Fund to help pay for their expenses. Anyone interested in donating can send checks to the following location:
Chelsea Groton Bank
The Perry Family Fund
P.O. Box 11
North Stonington, CT 06359
The vigil was held Friday at the North Stonington Recreation Facility at 7 p.m. The local high school choir and a local pastor were part of the program.
"They are trying to reach out as best they could for the community to tell the family that they care," Mullane said. "I don't think anybody can say they understand or know how they feel because it's impossible."
Hundreds gathered for the candle light vigil, many telling Eyewitness News they were there as a sign of support for the family.
"There's all kinds of families in North Stonington that stick together. It's a small town and when something devestating like this happens to these young children, it's absolutely terrible."
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