GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gaston County residents continue to find ways to honor the memory of 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont as the man accused of killing her remains in jail.
William McCullen, the boyfriend of Dumont's mother, appeared in court Wednesday morning where prosecutors and McCullen's attorney agreed to delay his arraignment.
Brent Ratchford, McCullen's attorney, said his client is "more than distraught" about the situation he and his family are facing.
Strangers like Lisa Rector are also upset.
Though she didn't know Jordyn personally, she felt deeply affected by the case and plans to closely follow it.
"I'm just kinda overwhelmed with all this," Rector said. "Somebody's got to speak for these children."
Other people throughout Gaston County are also speaking for Jordyn in their own ways.
Through a North Carolina Department of Transportation program, a group of volunteers adopted a stretch of Bess Town Road where Jordyn lived.
The state will post signs memorializing the 3-year-old.
Victor Minter's gesture isn't as public; he keeps a photo of Jordyn next to his license in his wallet.
"I cried over that because the little girl didn't have a chance to live her life., Minter said. "She's very innocent."
As for McCullen, he's expected to appear in court again in November.
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