On Tuesday, community members remembered the life of Jessica Ridgeway, a Colorado girl who was killed on her way to school. In the meantime, police continue to search for her murderer.
More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others gathered Tuesday to remember a 10-year-old suburban Denver girl who was abducted on her way to school and killed.
As the public memorial for Jessica Ridgeway was held, the search for her killer continued, with multiple agencies checking leads and asking for more tips.
Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said at the evening service that investigators are working the case "tirelessly, diligently, and we are committed until we achieve justice for Jessica."
The ceremony at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada opened with a slideshow of pictures set to the Jessica's favorite songs, including "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Many attendees wore the fifth-grader's favorite color, purple.
Pastor Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada said Jessica had two fish, two frogs and a dog, and she loved Disney films. She enjoyed wearing green and blue makeup as part of her peewee cheerleading squad at a nearby high school, and she was looking forward to dressing up as a zombie lifeguard for Halloween.
Long added that community support has been lifting Jessica's family.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose son is Jessica's age, told those gathered that the Ridgeways are in Coloradans' thoughts.
"Every single person in this state is with the Ridgeways in every single way that we may be," Hickenlooper said.
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