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Memorial held for boy who wished to be famous in China

In this Jan. 10, 2016 photo, Dorian Murray looks up to applause and cheers at a community birthday party for him at Mel's Downtown Creamery in Pawcatuck, Conn. He had turned 8 on Jan. 5. Murray, of Westerly, R.I., died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, of a rare and untreatable form of pediatric cancer. He had told his father that his final wish was to become famous in China. (Christine Corrigan/The Westerly Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT.

In this Jan. 10, 2016 photo, Dorian Murray looks up to applause and cheers at a community birthday party for him at Mel's Downtown Creamery in Pawcatuck, Conn. He had turned 8 on Jan. 5. Murray, of Westerly, R.I., died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, of a rare and untreatable form of pediatric cancer. He had told his father that his final wish was to become famous in China. (Christine Corrigan/The Westerly Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT.  (THE WESTERLY SUN 2016)

The parents of an 8-year-old Rhode Island boy whose dying wish was to become famous in China say they're proud his story echoed around the world.

A memorial service was held Sunday in Westerly to honor Dorian Murray, who died earlier this month after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer. Flameless candles were illuminated, and a singer performed a song she wrote for Dorian.

The Westerly boy's final wish in January to be famous in China took off on social media with the hashtag #DStrong. People around the world including celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Conan O'Brien sent him well wishes.

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Dorian's parents say they'll continue to spread the #DStrong message.

Dorian's mother and father say the turnout shows how many people were inspired by their son.