Community members are preparing a memorial for the second anniversary of the death of Preston Heights toddler Sema’j Crosby, whose body was found under a couch in her mother’s house about two years ago.
The Justice for Sema’j Action Team, a group organized after the 1-year-old’s death, will host the gathering at 9 a.m. April 27 in a private lot at Iowa and Second avenues in Joliet. They will have a balloon release and plant a tree in memory of Sema’j.
The public is welcome to attend and join in helping to plant donated flowers, according to a news release from the organization.
Sema’j was initially reported missing the evening of April 25, 2017, after she was last seen with her brothers and other children in the front yard of their house on Louis Road in Joliet Township. Emergency personnel, eventually including the FBI, searched for her throughout the next couple of days until her body was found about midnight April 27, 2017, under a couch in the home.
Her death was initially listed as “suspicious.” The Will County Coroner’s Office eventually ruled her death a homicide in September 2017, saying she died from suffocation. The four women who were in the house that day, including Sema’j’s mother and grandmother, were questioned, but no one has been charged in connection with the child’s death.