The entire city of Waco is mourning the loss of 2-year-old Frankie Gonzales.

On Monday evening, an amber alert was issued for Frankie Gonzales after his mother, Laura Sanchez, reported him missing to police. Originally Sanchez told authorities that her son had disappeared near the restrooms by the splash pad at Pecan Bottoms in Cameron Park.

Authorities searched the area, but were not able to locate Frankie. Sanchez later revealed to family members that Frankie was dead and the true location of her son. Authorities now know that Frankie was in fact, never at the park.

Early Tuesday morning, Frankie's body was discovered in a dumpster near near Park Lake Drive Baptist Church at 701 North 27th St. Sanchez has since been arrested and charged with injury to a child. An autopsy has been ordered to determine Frankie's exact cause of death.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people gathered at Cameron park for a balloon release to honor Frankie's life. Locals have also left balloons and other gifts at the site where Frankie's body was discovered.

In an effort to give Frankie a respectful resting place, Bubba's 33 managing partner, Phillip Dunn, has offered to assist the family with funeral costs. We as a community are mourning the tragic loss of this innocent young boy, and Dunn has stated that, "there has been an overwhelming request to help with donations."

If you would like to make a donation towards giving Frankie a real resting place, please visit Bubba's 33 in Waco at 2601 S. Jack Kultgen Fwy. You may also use Venmo to send a direct payment to Phillip Dunn, @phillip-Dunn-5, and he will write a check to add to the local donations.

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