Candlelight vigil held for Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster

Hundreds remember life of murdered 10-year-old

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - A day after police confirmed the body found in Arvada Wednesday is that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, her community rallied together to remember her life. A candlelight vigil was held at Westminster's City Park Recreation Center.


Among those in attendance were people who volunteered during the search for Jessica.


"It amazes me that people can be that sick in this world," said Bree Tolbertson who attended the vigil. "When I was her age I could ride my bike around the block until it got dark and we wouldn't have to worry."


Heather Fong brought her young son to the vigil. She said he had been keeping up news coverage of the Ridgeway case and wanted to light a candle in Jessica's honor.


"I feel like in a way it kind of takes their childhood away," said Fong. "You teach them that the world is a safe place but you have to train them now that you can't talk to strangers."


In Jessica's neighborhood, residents also honored her life Saturday by walking from Chelsea Park to Witt Elementary School where she went to school. Jessica was abducted walking the same route on the morning of October 5. 

Her killer has not been arrested. 

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