Family looks for answers following 6-year-old's death

<p>Friends and family of Elijah Dillard are joining together in remembrance of the child.</p>

This vigil is remembering a child who authorities say was burned and beaten to death inside this home on Ames Street. NBC 25 is asking those closest to the child if anyone saw warning signs before he passed away nearly two weeks ago.

"I went to the hospital and when I got to the hospital everything began to sink in," said Elijahâ??s Uncle Omarr Dillard.

Dillard says he didn't know his nephew, Elijah, was in danger living with his brother Aki who is accused of murdering his son. The six-year-old's family is questioning themselves about what happened.

"Honestly you would think the family would know more. But everything hasn't been hand in hand with the family," said Dillards.

Without definite answers Dillard is turning to his brothers past. Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan says Aki Dillard has served significant prison time for second-degree murder in Illinois.

"What went wrong with the system, what could the system have done," asks Dillard.

Others close to Elijah like his bus driver, Ronda Davis, are asking the same questions.

"I kept going back and forth with my monitor there were no signs. I was just devastated," said Davis.

Davis is donating a suit for the 6-year-old to wear when he is laid to rest on Thursday at Paradise Funeral Home in Saginaw.

"I really had to help because Elijah and I had a special bond," said Davis.

The Dillard family is hanging a big question mark over issues that could have led up to the 6-year-old being found by police beaten and burned.

For now, Saginaw County District Court is unsure when Aki Dillard and Mio Campbell are going to be back in court.