Thousands mourn slain girl in US

More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others remembered a 10-year-old girl who was abducted on her way to school in a Denver suburb and killed.

As the public memorial for Jessica Ridgeway was held Tuesday night, the search for her killer continued, with multiple agencies checking leads and asking for more tips.

Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said at the evening service that investigators are working the case “tirelessly, diligently, and we are committed until we achieve justice for Jessica.”

Earlier, police said they had received more than 350 more phone tips on Tuesday. The ceremony at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada opened with a slideshow of pictures set to Jessica’s favorite songs, including “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Many attendees wore the fifth-grader’s favorite color, purple.

Pastor Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada said Jessica had two fish, two frogs and a dog, and that she loved Disney films. She enjoyed wearing green and blue makeup as part of her peewee cheerleading squad at a nearby high school, and she was looking forward to dressing up as a zombie lifeguard for Halloween. He added that community support has been helping Jessica’s family.

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