Friends, family of Evan Brewer gather for candlelight vigil

Royal blue helium balloons bobbed in the breeze as more than a hundred people lit candles and walked past a makeshift memorial Sunday for Evan Brewer.

The missing 3-year-old’s remains were found last weekend stuffed inside a concrete structure in a workbench within a garage in the 2000 block of South Vine.

Evan is the grandson of former Wichita mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer.

“It is overwhelming seeing all of you here,” said Shayla Johnston, an attorney for Evan’s father, Carlo Brewer, and family spokeswoman.

Wichita police told the family on Friday that the remains of Evan have officially been identified, Johnston said.

“Of course all of us assumed this,” Johnston said. “We want to thank Wichita police for disclosing that information to us on Friday and letting us have the weekend to determine how we want to disclose it.

“But, of course, we knew it was Evan … we knew he was here. It is part of the closure.”

Carlo and his wife, Sarah stood silently in front of the memorial during the Sunday night vigil.

“Carlo wanted you here and he wanted a positive message,” Johnston said. “He wanted you to know Evan was not alone in those scary moments – in those last few months. Wherever he is, Evan must see all of us and our candles and know that all of us love him.”

The family then played a recording of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” while people filed past the royal blue balloons and blue ribbons tied around trees – blue, the color to represent child endangerment.

Last weekend, after the landlord alerted Wichita police, investigators found what they have described as a suspicious concrete structure containing Evan Brewer’s remains in the 2000 block of South Vine. Police continue to investigate Evan’s death; the boy’s mother, Miranda Miller, 36, and Stephen Bodine, 40, are in jail.

Bodine has been described as Miller’s boyfriend, and he was staying at Miller’s rental home on South Vine.

According to arrest reports, Bodine was arrested at the address on 2000 S. Vine last week on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody. He’s being held on a combined $260,000 bond. The same day, Miller was arrested in the 1200 block of South Emporia on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody.

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