Brendan Creato’s funeral services Thursday, remembered as ‘God’s angel’
Funeral services will be held Thursday for 3-year-old Brendan Link Creato, whose death more than a week ago in Haddon Township remains a mystery.
A wiewing will be held Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood, according to Brendan's obituary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Saviour Church, 50 Emerald Ave., Westmont.
Police said Wednesday there was no sign of forced entry to Brendan's home or indication of sexual assault on his body, which was found along the Cooper River about three hours after his father reported him missing.
Somewhere around 6 a.m. Oct. 13, Brendan's father, DJ Creato, called police saying Brendan had gone missing. Brendan had reportedly been in his father’s care that night — his father and mother do not live together.
A massive search involving first-responders and volunteers stirred by community social media postings went on for three hours — until Brendan was found dead in a wooded area off South Park Drive in Haddon Township.
So far, authorities have not said if they suspect foul play, and no one has been charged.
In his obituary, family members say Brendan's life "brought much love, joy, and happiness to this world."
His favorite songs were The Beatles' Yellow Submarine and Strawberry Fields, the obituary states. He loved watching "Jake the Pirate" and playing with Legos and monster trucks, it says.
"He admired superheroes and was ready to be one himself; this Halloween, Brendan was going to be the Incredible Hulk," the obituary states.
It continues: "Brendan is God's angel now. He is a beautiful boy who will remain in our hearts forever."
In a statement issued Wednesday, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said that results of an autopsy remain pending although the initial results did not show cause or manner of death. The investigation by the Prosecutor's Office and Haddon Township Police is ongoing.
Richard J. Fuschino, the attorney for Brendan's father, DJ Creato, has said that from his discussions with investigators, his client is not a suspect in the case.
"Mr. Creato is just trying to get through this one day at a time; this awful tragedy, this funeral and living the rest of his life without his pride and joy," the attorney said.
Fuschino believes that police are doing "everything they can to get to the bottom of this sad and tragic mystery and I hope they are able to put the pieces together." He urges anyone with information to come forward to police.