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Hundreds gather to honor life of slain Colo. girl

Published On: Oct 13 2012 10:10:33 PM CDT

Authorities are stressing how important it is for the community to help spread the message about 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway who has been missing since Friday. iReporter Rana Novini explains how you can use social media to help.

 More than 1,000 people gathered in Westminster on Saturday to remember the life of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway after a week long search turned up the girl's body in a suburban Denver park.
    
The Denver Post reports most of the people who stood in a parking lot in the rain and wind had never met the fifth-grader. Still, they joined hands and prayed together before releasing enough purple balloons that the gray sky was, for a brief moment, masked in Jessica's favorite color.
    
The girl was last seen beginning a short walk from her home to Witt Elementary School the morning of Oct. 5.
    
On Wednesday, authorities discovered a body in an Arvada park about 7 miles west of her Westminster home. They announced Friday that the body was Jessica's.

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