Justice for Thomas walk held in Valley Stream to honor 8-year-old who died

Hundreds of Long Islanders walked through a Valley Stream park Sunday to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.

News 12 Staff

Mar 1, 2020, 10:21 PM

Updated 1,550 days ago

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Hundreds of Long Islanders walked through a Valley Stream park Sunday to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.
The group remembered and honored 8-year-old Thomas Valva, who died in January of hypothermia. Police say Thomas' father, an NYPD officer, and his father's fiancee forced the young boy to sleep in their freezing garage in Center Moriches.
The couple is now charged with second-degree murder.
Wearing blue ribbons on their coats and Thomas Valva's name on their shirts, the group took part in Sunday’s Justice for Thomas walk.
Thomas' two brothers and his mother led the way around Hendrickson Lake in Valley Stream.
The procession paused as a tree was dedicated in Thomas' memory.
Those in attendance laid white carnations at the base.
The Village of Valley Stream also presented Thomas Valva's brothers with free admission to camp this summer.


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