Thousand attend Jessica Ridgeway memorial
ARVADA, C.O. (NBC) -- In Colorado, a tearful memorial for 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway, who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this month.
Tuesday night, thousands from across the community gathered one more time to say goodbye.
It was a celebration of life, a moving memorial for the fifth grader who never made it to school.
“Jessica was one of the happiest kids I've ever known, she loved to play with kittens and play with our cousins,” said Ridgeway’s cousin.
The 10 year old who loved her dog, always laughed, and had that infectious smile was remembered by thousands in a tearful service.
“We love you Jessica, and we miss you every day,” said a family friend.
So many were touched by her story, her short life. Family, friends and strangers came together to say goodbye.
“No matter where you sit, it is easy to see how cherished and loved our baby girl was,” said Ridgeway’s cousin.
Ridgeway vanished nearly 2 weeks ago. Abducted as she walked to school, her dismembered body discovered days later in a rural open area, 7 miles from her home.
“The phone is still ringing, people are still calling, people still believe they have information that's vital to this case,” said police.
Tuesday night , there was no talk about a suspect, instead shared heartbreak and overwhelming grief for the little girl who will never come home.
“I cannot help but have joy and relief in my heart because she's safe and sound ... in a place where no one can ever hurt her,” said Ridgeway’s cousin.
There are no suspects in this case but police said they are following thousands of leads.
Investigators from more than a dozen agencies are working together to solve Jessica Ridgeway’s murder.