WILLARD, Ohio (WJW) – One man is in custody, charged in the murders of a mother and son
found dead over the weekend.

At the same time, the community remembered the lives of the victims. A grieving community gathered at the Doster Plaza in downtown Willard for a prayer vigil Monday night.

“It definitely rocks a community like this. It’s just really sad seeing us come together for a reason like this,” said  Councilman Jacob McKenzie.

Candles were lit in honor of 31-year-old Brandi Chong Thornton and 13-year-old Juelz Bryant after they were found dead Saturday in a Myrtle Avenue home.

“A lot of his classmates are up here to support him. He died a hero trying to protect and save his mom,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie said Bryant was Thornton’s son, who also left behind three other children.

“I had the honor of teaching him last year. I was a substitute teacher in the district. I had him in my class last year, he was a great outstanding kid,” said McKenzie.

The family of the victims has also established a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. Bryant was Thornton’s son and “left behind three children,” organizers said.

“Brandi Thornton and her son, Juelz Bryant, were taken from us tragically Sept 3, 2022. Both far too soon,” the page reads.

Meanwhile, Monday night, Willard Police announced Zachary Thomas Boster was charged with their deaths.

Zachary Thomas Boster (Huron County Sheriff’s Office)

Boster is currently in the Huron County Jail without bond, facing two counts of aggravated murder.

Boster’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 13.