SEMINOLE COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "It's been an incredible, incredible journey," T.J. said.
Hundreds gathered at the Seminole Wellness Center to reflect on and remember a boy who changed their community forever.
Nine year old Colton Clark went missing in 2006, but his adoptive parents, Rex and Rebecca Clark were convicted of his murder in Pontotoc County court on Monday.
"Absolutely awful what those boys went through," Rosemarie Chase said.
Chase says she drove down from Oklahoma City for the vigil.
"I want to honor him because he was a precious boy and he did not deserve die like that..and so I felt I really need to be here tonight," Chase said.
Many people who came the vigil didn't even know Colton, but say they felt compelled to attend the memorial.
"I have four kids of my own and I would be just horrified if something like ever happened to my kids so it touches you as a parent," Maria Luna-Vital said.
T.J. told guest he and his brother went through things most can't imagine at a young age.
"I know what it's like, it's entrapment you have no control you have no voice you have no power," He said,"it's everything you can do to just wake up every day to take the next step."
But T.J. wants to make one thing clear, he says they aren't victims.
He says Colton was one of the strongest people he knew.
"I've seen that little boy get dragged through our little bitty farm by a horse," He said.
Now the city plans to set up a memorial in Colton's honor.
Vital says she's glad justice was served.
"We as a community are so elated because we need monsters like that off the street," Vital said.
"That is the toughest strongest little boy to ever walk this earth," T.J. said.