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Candlelight Vigil Held for Evelyn Miller

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FLOYD COUNTY - Nearly one year ago, hundreds of people spent days searching for Evelyn Miller. Soon after, a kayaker found the five-year-old's body near the Cedar River. On Sunday night, family and friends gathered at the Floyd Community Center to pay tribute to Evelyn.

Her grandfather, Richard Christie, said, "She knows that thousands love her and thousands came to look for her. And yet she was eventually found by only one of them."

Evelyn's father, Andy Christie, remembers her hugs and kisses. While Evelyn's grandmother, Diane Miller, said, "I really miss her. She's one of my shining stars that I know is in heaven."

Unanswered questions make it difficult to find closure. But two things give Evelyn's paternal grandmother the strength to go on.

"I know that she's in heaven with Jesus. The person who killed Evey will pay the price," Linda Christie said.

Friends and family ended the ceremony with a silent march to Evelyn's memorial statue. A silence interrupted only by tears. A life cut so short for no reason. A family left with an emptiness that will never go away.

Evelyn's family never expected the investigation to take this long. But they insist they have plenty of confidence Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer will find Evelyn's killer and prosecute.

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