Jessica Ridgeway: Hundreds gather to remember slain Colorado girl

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Community members gathered at "Jessica Park" on Oct. 13 to remember Jessica Ridgeway

(CBS) WESTMINSTER, Colo. - More than 1,000 people gathered in Westminster on Saturday in remembrance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose body turned up in a suburban Denver park after a weeklong search for the missing girl, CBS Denver reports.

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Jessica was last seen walking to Witt Elementary School on Oct. 5. Authorities discovered a body Wednesday in an Arvada park about 7 miles west of her Westminster home. They announced Friday that the body belonged to Jessica.

Most of the people who stood in a parking lot Saturday had never met the fifth-grader. Still, they joined hands and prayed together before releasing purple balloons in the sky to remember Jessica. Purple was her favorite color.

On Friday, the community gathered at a Chelsea park where Jessica would meet her friends and walk to school every day. The park was temporarily named "Jessica Park" for the occasion.

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