It was an emotional night outside the home of five-year-old Jordan Rodriguez. A candlelight vigil was held there to remember him, as his mother sits in jail, charged Thursday in his murder.
“Ma, I just wanted to let you know that I still love you, but I want you to tell me the truth and what really happened,” said Angel Alvarez.
Nineteen-year-old Alvarez is Larissa Rodriguez’s firstborn son. Flanked by his Aunt and his father Thursday, he begged his mother to tell him what happened to his younger brother.
“Tell me the truth. I’m your oldest son, you never lied to me, I don’t know why you would lie and I just want to tell you I love you and I’m going to get justice for Jordan. He’s my little brother, you’re my mother, but I have to do what I have to do,” he said.
A family, torn – a mother they all know and love – now charged in the murder of her five year old son.
“We’re bound to get justice for Jordan, this is what this all boils down to at the end of the day it’s for Jordan, but Larissa, I love you,” said Ana Rodriguez, Larissa’s sister.
Outside the home where the remains of 5-year-old Jordan Rodriguez were found Tuesday buried in the backyard, friends, family and strangers came to help those hurting the most.
“There definitely was a devil here, definitely was a devil here because she helped me raise mine,” said Rodriguez as she choked back tears.
Court documents revealed this week that Jordan’s body showed multiple signs of abuse, including broken ribs. The five-year-old, developmentally disabled boy lived at the home on W. 80th Street with four of his eight siblings. His mother’s boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, lived with the family as well.
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Investigators are working to build a case against him, too, though he has not yet been charged. He is in jail though, facing unrelated charges.
"Justice will be served, that's promised, for my nephew and for my other nieces and nephew, justice will be served and not just on her but on him as well,” said Rodriguez.
The medical examiner is still working to determine a time and cause of Jordan’s death. Larissa Rodriguez will face a judge for the first time in the case Friday morning.