FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Hundreds gathered Friday night at a Fairfield park to remember a 13-year-old girl, whose naked dead body was found one week ago in the same park.
The vigil for Genelle Conway-Allen came just hours after investigators tracked down the man who they say took her life.
Prayers, songs, and words of hope were all part of the memorial for Conway-Allen.
“Just very loved, this is just wrong, very wrong,” said cousin Jodi Andrews.
Her family was among the hundreds at Allan Witt Park. Emotions were still raw for Conway-Allen’s father, who spoke publicly for the first time since his daughter died.
“I stayed with her and Crystal, and the kids for about a week, and we just played everyday,” said Josh Allen.
One week after her body was found, police arrested 32-year-old Anthony Jones for murder, kidnapping and rape.
Conway-Allen’s foster family reported her missing when she didn’t return home from school last Thursday.
The family didn’t want to speak with media, but does thank the community for their support.
Friends still can’t believe Conway-Allen is gone, and just want her to come back.
“I love you, and I miss you,” said one friend.
However, no one will miss her more than her family , as they remember the girl with the bright smile, good heart and free spirit.
“Great kid, great child, very loving and affectionate, and I loved her with all my heart,” said Allen.
There were several pastors, police officers and many strangers at the vigil. It’s very evident that this community was truly affected by what happened, and felt it was important to come together for a girl most of them didn’t even know.