ST. CROIX — The community turned out in large numbers Saturday for 4-year-old Aaron Benjamin Jr., who was buried on what would have been his fifth birthday.

Mourners filled the pews, folding chairs placed in the aisles and even more stood at the back of Beulah AME Zion Church in Estate Bethlehem. Scores more stood outside, honoring an open invitation to the community to attend the funeral of the boy, who was a victim of child abuse at the hands of his mother, Delicia Daniel, and her 22-year-old boyfriend Kyle Christopher, according to police.

— Contact Brandy Brookes at 340-714-9131 or email