Family and community gather for beautiful tribute to 12-year-old murder victim

http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/family-and-community-gather-for-beautiful-tribute/13952/9Aa9T5TQK0eoBczDHAkOxw

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A beautiful tribute for 12-year-old murder victim, Kailey Vijil.  A sea of purple washed over West Valley City Park as friends, family and the community gathered to release balloons, light candles, and shower the family with love and support, as they mourn the loss of their little girl.

Not a dry eye in sight tonight when the family of Kailey Vijil arrived at the vigil tonight.  Their first public appearance since their little girl was taken from them.
A sign of appreciation and thanks to a community from a tribe of people of a Native American family known to be very private.

Drums echoed through the park tonight for Kailey, who was learning to play the drums.  Those who knew her, like Kailey’s mentor from first grade will remember a loving girl, who loved superheros, Japanese culture, and her cat.

“She was very friendly, always the one that was my go to, I could ask her to befriend a new student and she was front and center to do that.  She was just friendly and kind.

A display of purple ribbons and flowers, and then this a moment of silence for Kailey.  And as balloons were released to show how much she will be missed, the family and the community will now begin to heal, beginning with this tribute to their little girl.

“We love them, we’re grieving with them, and we’re sorry that such a bad thing happened to them,  but we hope that something good can come and it can draw us all closer together.”

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