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Hailey Owens memorial photos: Jessica Crosswhite captures community spirit

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Photographer Jessica Crosswhite has a deep love for two things: photography and children. Maybe that’s why when news of abducted and murdered Hailey Owens shook her hometown of Springfield, Missouri to the core, she responded with an open heart and camera in hand. On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2014, more than 10,000 grieving community members marched in a candlelight vigil down Commercial Street. Crosswhite was there and in her collection of moving, photos, expressed the solidarity shared by a community who stood up for a beautiful child whose life was violently stolen.

You may view Jessica Crosswhite’s photos of Hailey Owens’ Memorial March on Facebook here. Click here for more of Jessica Crosswhite’s photography: For the Love of Life & Light

A funeral was held for the beloved 10-year-old on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 pm, at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Approximately 100 people attended, but due to family wishes, reporters did not attend.

Craig Michael Wood, a substitute teacher and football coach, has been charged with armed criminal action, kidnapping and first-degree-murder after allegedly abducting Owens in broad daylight and in front of witnesses. He is currently being held without bond in Springfield’s Greene County Jail, and is described as uncooperative. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty against Wood. Search warrant documents released in the case revealed disturbing accounts of the crime scene and items recovered in the case. You may read those documents below.

Warning! Graphic Content that may be disturbing!

You may read Craig Wood’s search warrant in PDF format here: Search Warrant Reveals Child Pornography in Craig Wood’s Home

Charisse Van Horn is the owner of the Amber Alerts and Missing Children Cases blog. You may see updated information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, including links to missing children’s posters by state, there. You may also follow on Facebook at Amber Alerts and Missing Children Cases: Facebook on Twitter and on Google Plus.

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