Jesse Grund’s father speaks at prayer vigil for Caylee Anthony. Cindy posts protest on Caylee’s MySpace
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — What was supposed to be a memorial service for Caylee Anthony turned into a prayer vigil Tuesday morning as bounty hunter Leonard Padilla and dozens of others gathered at Blanchard Park to pray for Caylee.
“I’m not here to represent anybody but two people. I’m here to represent the Lord and I’m here to represent Caylee, and that’s it,” Minister Richard Grund said at the beginning of the short service.
The man, who once thought he was Caylee’s grandfather, spoke at the event. Richard Grund is the father of Jesse Grund, who once dated Casey. Richard Grund, a man of the bible, sought to keep the anger over Caylee’s disappearance at bay.
“Evidence says one thing,” Grund said. “Love says another. Sometimes those two don’t go together.”Minister Grund said he wanted to diffuse the community’s anger against Casey, against George and Cindy for not believing their little granddaughter is dead and can now be remembered.”The truth is we’re angry. The bigger truth is we’re afraid because we don’t understand,” Grund said.
It was an emotional outpouring for 50 people moved to be by the bank of the Little Econ River. It’s the spot where bounty hunter Leonard Padilla believes Caylee’s mother Casey dumped the toddler’s body in late June. A search Monday found no signs. Padilla is leaving town now, brushing aside remarks George and Cindy Anthony posted on Caylee’s MySpace site that the prayer service was immoral and spiteful and despite their pleas during a confrontation Monday afternoon.
“Everybody’s entitled to their language. I’m just here for Caylee today. I’m not here for myself,” Padilla said.
During the service, a sole supporter of the Anthony’s held up her sign declaring Caylee is alive. While that angered some, the group of women at the vigil from Baltimore to help in the search said they’re content to leave their prayers by the riverbank.”Why not pray for Caylee at the jail, so Casey can see that? Is that an idea you’d embrace?” WFTV reporter Robert Maxwell asked the women.”She knows what’s going on,” one replied. “Casey doesn’t want to know what I have to say.”Before the service, Padilla said Cindy and George Anthony would be there, but they never showed.The Anthonys have held numerous prayer vigils for Caylee outside of their home. Casey Anthony remains in the Orange County jail facing a first-degree murder in the death of her little girl Caylee Anthony.
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Richard Grund summed it all up in one statement concerning George and Cindy Anthony “The evidence says one thing but love may say another.”
He also said that George and Cindy should be proud that their granddaughter has captured the love of people all over the world-and maybe good will come from this tragedy.
We should commit that statement–the evidence says one thing but love may say another–to our memores, and no matter what we think of Cindy and George Anthony, no matter how angry we get, no matter how much we believe we would handle a tragedy like this differently, we should keep that statement in the back of our minds, and try to show compassion and tolerance towards them.
If Cindy and George watch the video and really listen to the beautiful words Reverend Grund spoke, I don’t believe they could possibly continue to object to the memorial service turned prayer vigil conducted in a place that Casey said Caylee loved. There was nothing exploitive about it.