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Cade Smith, 6, watches the flame of his candle burn as his mother, Brandi, looks on during a candlelight vigil for the families involved in the ongoing hostage crisis Friday night, Feb. 1, 2013 in Midland City, Ala. The Smith family feels a connection to the autistic boy named Ethan being held hostage because their son, Cade, also has autism.

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Town mourns for slain bus driver amid standoff

As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier.

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