BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)- Community members are reaching out to help a young Swansea boy who was stabbed in the neck during an attack where his mother was murdered.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, a fundraiser to honor 9-year-old Nicolas Day will take place on September 8th at Dairy Queen located at 1776 Lebanon.
Nicolas` mother, 38-year-old Sharetta Day, was stabbed to death and Nicolas was stabbed in his neck. Investigators say 38-year-old Alvin Harris Jr. is responsible. He was Sharetta`s boyfriend.
The violence happened at the Swansea apartment complex where Day lived. She and Harris apparently had an argument. Authorities say Harris stabbed Day several times then stabbed little Nicolas in his neck. Police arrived to find the young victim bleeding and his mother on the ground in front of the complex. Sharetta Day was pronounced dead at a hospital. Nicolas was treated for three stab wounds.
The community including Nicolas` football team has reached out to help. After the fundraiser, the BND says Nicolas will lead his team onto the field for their first game on Sunday.
Nicolas will also be an honorary coin toss captain for the Rams at their season opener Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome against the Seahawks.
The fundraiser for Nicolas runs from 5-8p.m. A portion of the profits will go to a trust fund set up for Nicolas.
His football team partnered with Dairy Queen to make today`s event possible.