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Norma Lopez Update: Thousands Attend Service for Murdered 17-Year-Old Girl

Norma Lopez (Personal Photo)
Norma Lopez Update: Thousands Attend Service for Murdered 17-Year-Old Girl
Norma Lopez (Personal Photo)

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (CBS/KCAL/AP) Thousands of mourners attended a vigil and visitation Wednesday night for Norma Lopez, the 17-year-old girl who police say was abducted just blocks from her school and then killed.

PICTURES: Norma Lopez Murdered

Lines stretched around St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Moreno Valley as grieving family and friends waited to pay their respects.

"She was an amazing girl, always had a smile on her face, no matter what," recalled Elizabeth Lopez, Norma's 18-year-old sister. "Something like this should've never happened to her, just from how she was - a very unique, wonderful girl."

Norma's casket, draped in pink and white roses, sat at the head of the church with candles burning next to photos of the teenager.

A funeral service for Norma will be held Thursday.

Police say Norma was abducted July 15 as she walked to a friend's home after a summer school class at Valley View High School.

Her body was found five days later in a field two miles away.

There have been no arrests.

A green SUV was seen leaving the field where Norma was last seen alive. A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for her murder.

Anyone with information about Norma's death is asked to call the Moreno Valley Police Hotline at 877-242-4345.

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