Andrew "AJ" Freund /Crystal Lake Police

'Wear Blue For AJ': Crystal Lake Residents To Honor Boy's Life

April 26, 2019 - 7:31 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The residents of Crystal Lake continue to mourn the death of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund and are being encouraged to wear blue on Friday to honor his life. 

In a Facebook post, residents are being asked to remember the young boy's life, as well as all who aided in the search to find him. 

The post reads:

“Today was a very hard day for so many in our community. To learn that an innocent child was taken from this world in such a terrible way is just devestating. I won't waste any energy on how it happened, but rather focus all of my thoughts and prayers towards AJ. I hope you can all do the same.

"The company that I work for cares so much about the community and to know this loss was just down the road, it's just heart breaking. With that being said, I am asking for all of my family, co workers, friends and friends of family and friends to take a day to remember this sweet soul.

"I am asking everyone for a huge favor and to wear blue this Friday, April 26th to remember AJ and his beautiful smile as well as a symbol of dedication to all of the officers, firemen, volunteers that spent so much time searching for what was ultimately everyone's worst fear.

"Please share my post so we can reach as many in the community as we can. Right now, we need to pull together as one community, one family and be there for a little boy that did not have the support and family he deserved. I am begging, please just dedicate one day to AJ."

The body of AJ Freund was found Wednesday wrapped in plastic, and buried in a shallow grave near Woodstock. An autopsy revealed the 5-year-old boy died from blunt-force injuries to his head, after he was allegedly beaten while being forced to take a cold shower.

Freund’s parents, Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham, have both been charged with murder, along with other various charges, in the boy’s death, and both are being held on $5 million bond.