Family of Raolik Walls marks anniversary of his death


An event in New Jersey marked the one year anniversary of the mysterious death of a 27-year old-father in a transitional housing facility in Troy.

Family members of Raolik Walls brought balloons and flowers to his gravesite. They recited poems and shared memories of the young man whose body went undiscovered in his room at the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center for 39 days.

As CBS 6 first reported earlier this week, a nearly year-long state investigation found staff members of the facility guilty of neglect, and protocol at the facility itself a contributing factor.

The family has filed a negligence lawsuit as a result.

On Friday, his mother read a poem about the odyssey they've been on and the loss they suffered.

“We hope that soon you will have that peace, that the fight will die down and the struggles cease. We hope we can have a glimmer of joy and we hope you know we did this for our boy,” the poem read.

Afterward, family members sent the balloons skyward in Raolik's memory.

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