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Community stands together during tragedy

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ELGIN (KWWL) -

The Department of Human Services is investigating after a four-year-old boy is shot and killed

Jayden Choate was four-years-old and accidentally shot and killed himself in Elgin last Friday.

Last night people gathered in Elgin for a candle light vigil in the boy's memory.

The Fayette County Sheriff says the 4-year-old boy and a younger child were left inside Friday while the mom and a friend stepped outside. That's when the gun was shot.

The town of Elgin is standing by the family during this difficult time, saying they will bear this burden as a community.

A community, standing together, to honor the life of four-year-old Jayden. Joining them, a community member who was there the night it all happened.

"The mother came running here to retrieve her boyfriend who works here stating she didn't know what to do, her son had been shot," said Tim Harnisch, owner of Tico Market.

Harnisch recalled the night Jayden's mother ran to the market.

"I'm a EMT so I grabbed some gauze, had my wife run to get my jump pack and took off with the father," said Harnisch.

He wasn't alone, other community members coming to help.

"We had several other business owners that happened to have some medical training near by the responded as well," said Harnisch,

"We wanted for them to not feel alone in this time, to know that the community was there for them, that they were not having to face this tragedy alone, that we would bear this burden as a community," said Harnisch.

Sunday night's vigil raised more than $1,100 to be donated for funeral expenses.

A private funeral is set for Tuesday in Webster City.

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