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Neighbors support grieving family of 5-year-old killed in car crash

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Neighbors support grieving family of 5-year-old killed in car crash

By Jonah Kaplan. CREATED Oct 16, 2013

KENOSHA -- They're sending a lot more than condolences.

The family of five-year-old Bailay McCollum credits their neighbors for lifting their spirits with several gestures ranging from prepared meals to yard work.

Bailey's father says he finds the most moving sentiment tied around mailboxes and trees throughout the block. To honor Bailey, people posted blue ribbons because blue was Bailey's favorite color.

"It's like a special little person is no longer here," neighbor Mary Callahan tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "I could see him playing with his dad or waiting at the bus stop. And he's not there. That's got to be sad on any level whether you knew him or not. It has to touch you."

Bailey McCollum died Oct. 8 in a car crash off Highway E in Somers. Police say a drunk driver ran a stop sign and crashed into McCollum's sister's car.

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Originally from Philadelphia, Jonah Kaplan loves the culture, character and pride of Milwaukee. He's won top awards for his reporting of breaking news and severe weather.