Neighbors and friends set up memorial in honor of John Perri

A small wooden cross sits alone and in the background the soft sounds of a cello can be heard.

"My daughter practices in the backyard, Norma Castro said. He's going to have music from now on."

Castro TMs home is mere feet from where 7-year-old John Perri fell into a North McAllen canal.

Castro told Action 4 News that her children knew John"they all went to school together.

"It's been hard, Castro said. We always knew this canal was dangerous."

To help her children cope with the tragedy, Castro and another neighbor helped them make a cross.

"My little girls were able to help, Dalina Mendoza said. The neighbors came early this morning and put the flowers. They also brought him candy and are making him an Easter basket."

The date of John TMs death has been scrawled in black marker on the cross. It will serve as a grim reminder to anyone who plays or walks near the canal of what can happen in the blink of an eye.

"Don't ever let your child's hand go, Castro said. Always hold their hand and be with them at all times. Supervise them 24/7."

As everyone tries to make sense of what happened|.the soft sounds of a cello will continue to echo through the trees"as one little girl play one last tune for her friend.