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“If he did do it, God will have justice,” she said. Suarez said she would continue to pray for Etan’s parents, Stanley and Julie Patz. “I would like to have a chance to meet them and apologize to them, whether my brother is guilty, or not.”

Well-wishers left flowers, candles and dolls Saturday outside the New York City building that once housed the bodega where police said Etan died.

Etan’s parents, who still live two blocks from the spot where he vanished, had a note on their door Saturday saying they weren’t commenting about the case.


Amy Fiscus in Philadelphia, Alex Brandon in Camden, N.J., and Larry Neumeister in New York contributed to this report.