PUYALLUP, Wash. (CBS/KIRO) Hundreds of supporters gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in memory of Kimberly "Kimmie" Daily, the developmentally-disabled Washington teenager who was brutally murdered and raped Aug. 17.
The vigil in Puyallup, southeast of Tacoma, took place less than 24 hours after the alleged killer led authorities to her body in a secluded, wooded area a half mile from her South Hill home, according to CBS affiliate KIRO.
According to officials, Kimmie was leaving a friend's house and was on her way to another friend's home when acquaintance Tyler Savage lured the 16-year-old to an isolated area, strangled and raped her.
Friends and neighbors offered their sympathy to grieving father Cecil Daily Tuesday evening. Mother of missing 11-year-old Lindsey Baum was also in attendance to console Kimmie's stricken family.
"I just wanted him to know that I'm here. That's all," said Melissa Baum, whose daughter went missing a year ago while walking home from a friends' home in McCleary, Wash.
Savage, 18, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder. If convicted he could face the death penalty.