Family, Friends, Residents Remember Terry Smith in Memorial

Family members and other residents of Menifee release balloons at the end of today's memorial ...

Family members and other residents of Menifee release balloons at the end of today's memorial service marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Terry Smith Jr.
A small group of family and other members of the Menifee community gathered today outside Menifee Market on Scott Road in a memorial service commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of 11-year-old Terry Smith Jr.

The boy's body was found July 10, 2013, buried in the back yard of the family home just behind Menifee Market after a three-day search. His half brother, Skylor Atilano, was arrested on a murder charge and remains in custody at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley.

Today, however, the focus was on the memory of a boy known as JuJu, who was remembered for the joy he spread to others.

"He saw the good in everyone," his mother, Shawa Smith, told a crowd of about 40 people during the brief ceremony. "His eyes were always full of wonder and he had an imagination that never stopped.