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Thousands honor slain girl: 10 year-old Hailey Owens abducted in Missouri

Crime scene tape (file photo)
Crime scene tape (file photo)
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Sadly, Hailey Owens is dead, but thousands showed up to honor the slain girl over the weekend in Missouri. The 10-year-old went missing Tuesday and was found dead later, according to a Feb. 23 Fox News report. Craig Michael Wood, a school coach was arrested for her slaying and his attorneys said he planned to plead guilty in the homicide of Hailey.

Thousands honored the slain girl by marching in the streets of Springfield ( pictured here), the same neighborhood where Hailey was snatched from last week.

Some estimates are that 10,000 people showed up to remember the fourth-grader. Another 200,000 others pledged to keep their porch lights on over the weekend to pay their condolences and reinforce their tightly-knit relationships.

Tonight is about Hailey, not the crime," said Angel Boeddeker, a Springfield resident."

Participants showed up with yellow ribbons, signs, candles, and banners. And what was apparent from that night is that the quiet town stands together in solidarity in the wake of the 10-year-old's murder.

Police say Hailey was kidnapped while she was walking in a neighborhood near her home. Her body was found shortly before Wood was arrested and charged for her death. Sources say the girl’s remains were found in garbage bags in the man's basement. However, authorities would not elaborate on what led them to the suspect.

Hailey Owens’ disappearance made national news and an enormous outpouring of support from around the country flooded the town and state. Sadly, the incident ended with the worst possible results.

Wood is being held in the county jail without bond on first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and kidnapping.

The thousands that honored the slain girl prove that her memory will live on despite her passing.

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