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Hunt is on for Jessica Ridgeway’s killer; memorial draws thousands

The manhunt continued in Colorado on Wednesday for the person who kidnapped and killed 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who was mourned this week by more than 2,000 people.

The young cheerleader was abducted on her way to meet friends for their daily walk to school two weeks ago. Her body was discovered in a secluded area just miles from her home in the Denver suburb of Westminster.

At a public memorial service, family, friends and others remembered the girl’s love of animals – she had two fish, two frogs and a dog – and her glowing personality, the Associated Press reported.

Many mourners wore purple, Jessica’s favorite color.


The community has rallied around the Ridgeway family since her Oct. 5 abduction, erecting makeshift memorials and starting a donation fund that has received more than $10,000, ABC News reported.

“Every single person in this state is with the Ridgeways in every single way that we may be,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said at Tuesday’s service.


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