Parents talk about their 4-year-old son who died after getting strep

Posted at 7:56 PM, Feb 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-01 10:24:33-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A Henrico County couple struggling to cope with the loss of their four-year-old son said community support has helped.

Henny and Neil Ponce laid their son Kingston to rest Thursday morning.

A few hours later they graciously spoke with CBS 6 about the loss of their little boy

Henrico Health Department officials said the four-year-old boy suffered a rare and fatal strep infection last weekend.

Kingston grew sick and within days passed away.

“Kingston touched so many people. We think our other son is looking for his big brother. They had such a fun, playful relationship. Kingston was so protective of his little brother. I miss him so much. We all do,” said Henny Ponce, the child's mother.

Relatives said the child’s bright smile and beautiful spirit will long be remembered. When speaking of their son, Neil and Henny Ponce told us he enjoyed his favorite toys, like Disney Cars and anything that had to do with dinosaurs.

Dad said when Kingston passed away, the support began to pour in from all over the country and right here in Richmond.

“Flowers, phone calls, social networking. We are just thankful that people have reached out to help us through this,” said Neil Ponce.

Family members flew in from California, New York, Las Vegas and Boston, we’re told.

“One day at a time. That’s how we’ll get through this. I want him to know that he was loved in so many ways. He touched our lives and we’ll never forget that” said Tara Ponce, the boy’s aunt.The family said they’ll rely on sweet memories to push them through the tough days, that are sure to come.

Memorial funds have been set-up in Kingston’s name:

  • The other is set up through Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Check donations can be made c/o Karyn Luorno.
  • Be sure to include the words Kingston Ponce Memorial Fund on the memo line of the check.