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Kiaya Campbell's family thanks police, community

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-18 11:06:46-04

THORNTON, Colo. – The family of murdered 10-year-old Kiaya Campbell thanked Thornton Police and the community in a statement released Saturday.

“We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all those who have expressed their love and concern for the loss we are suffering. The outpouring of local community, statewide, and nationwide support has given us comfort and a greater belief in humanity,” the statement read in part.

The statement went on to say the family has felt the love and support from the community during their time of grieving. They also expressed their thanks to the FBI, which assisted in the search early on.

The body of the missing Thornton girl was found June 8 amid an extensive search and an Amber Alert. Her death was ruled a homicide and a 15-year-old boy is being held for her murder.

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Saturday’s release also included a transcript of Kiaya’s 5th grade graduation speech.

Greetings 5th graders, family members, Board Directors, and amazing teachers. I wanted to thank all of you for making my stay here at Monarch great. The 4 years I have been here I have felt loved and respected. Although I may seem like I'm speaking for myself, I am speaking for all the fifth graders. Here at Monarch everyone is family, we may have our fights and arguments but at the end of the day we all bleed red. We are all human. I especially want to thank Mrs. J, Mrs. L and Ms. N for teaching me many helpful things. Mrs. J I want to thank you for teaching me factors, multiplying, subtracting, and adding factors. Mrs N thank you for teaching me grammar, writing, and division. Lastly, Mrs. L I want to thank you for being like a friend to me. I want to say to all of the families if you have younger kids, let them know that anything is possible and they can accomplish anything as long as they try. Trying is the best thing anyone can do.