PINE LAWN, Mo. ( – Days after a father was charged with the murder of his son, a memorial was held for Christian’s Ferguson would-be 26th birthday.

Christian Ferguson memorial

Memorial for Christian Ferguson on Oct. 9 to mark the missing boy's 26th birthday.

Christian Ferguson was 9 years old when he went missing on June 11, 2003. Last week, Dawan Ferguson, 46, was charged with first-degree murder in the presumed death of his son.

Read: St. Louis County father charged with murder 16 years after disabled son, 9, went missing

Christian Ferguson

Christian Ferguson, 9, of St. Louis was reported missing in 2003.

On Oct. 9, Christian Ferguson's mother, Theda Person, set up a memorial in Pine Lawn to mark what would have been his 26th birthday. The memorial had 26 star-shaped balloons and other balloons with the number 16, representing the years he's been missing for. 

Family and friends of came together Wednesday night to celebrate and remember Christian on his 26th birthday.

“It means a lot because some of these people have been supporting us since the day he came up missing," said Sandra Wilson, Christian's grandmother. 

She says the family celebrates Christian's birthday every year, but this one had a different tone now that an arrest has been made. 

“I do want justice for my daughter and I want justice for Christian. I want justice for my family and I want other people to believe in the system that it can work," said Wilson. 

"No one should have to ever go through something like this. It feels awful," Person said. "When I see his beautiful face and I think of all the good things it makes it a little bit easier but at the same time it makes it extra tragic because you realize what you'll miss."

Donations can be made in Christian Ferguson’s memory by clicking here.

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