LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The life and memory of a little boy murdered nine years ago was honored Thursday evening. 

Family and friends gathered at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville for Ivan Cano who disappeared in 2007 near Churchill Downs.

Rosalina Cano, Ivan's mother, still calls her son her "baby" and her "bambino."

"It's important today for my baby," Rosalina said. 

Thursday's vigil follows a case that began in June of 2007. Sanitation workers discovered Ivan Cano's body inside a garbage truck near Churchill Downs. At the time, nobody knew who was responsible. 

Cecil New later pleaded guilty to abducting and murdering the boy. He's now serving a life sentence at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. 

"He's a monster, that is what Cecil New is," Sabin Unseld said. 

The vigil was for the Cano family, but organizers say it's for all families that are victims of crimes against children.

"Have no doubts in your mind, this child was a special child for everybody," said activist Christopher 2X. 

The 4-year-old boy was born here in Louisville, but he is laid to rest in his parents native country of Guatemala. 

Next year marks 10 years since the boy was killed. Vigil organizers say that they are planning a large walk in the area where the boy went missing and where he was eventually found. 

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