INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Jessica has family in Independence, Missouri, and they're trying to cope with the news. They're also remembering Jessica's young, innocent life with a simple balloon release.
Balloons in Jessica Ridgeway's favorite colors, green and purple, float toward the sky as a symbol of her innocence and her short life.
"She's with the angels in heaven," said great aunt Kathy Moss.
Jessica's family in Missouri came together to release the balloons, surrounded by many others who were showing their support. Now Jessica's family is turning their attention to finding who took Jessica from them.
"There's not even words that can imagine to express you know how we would feel to know the person or persons is caught and behind bars, and justice is being served so they can not do it to somebody else's kid," said Katherine Tiedeman, Jessica's second cousin.
It's the same mission law enforcement in Colorado is focusing on.
Jessica's family says they won't rest until her killer is brought to justice.
"My opinion is to lock them all up that do this to kids, to people, they need to lock them up and throw away the key," said Moss.
They hope they can once again rely on the help of total strangers to get that justice served.
"It's awesome, I mean people that don't even know her, don't even know me, don't know my family. It's awesome that there are people out there that do care about what happens to kids like this," said Tiedeman.
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