Original Publish date: Feb 19, 2017
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Thousands of people came together to celebrate the lives of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.
A large crowd gathered at the middle and high schools in Delphi Saturday night for a memorial service. Lines wrapped around the building as people patiently waited to show their support.
Williams and German went missing while hiking near Delphi. Their bodies were discovered the next day.
The tragedy has hit the small community hard.
Sixth-grade student Zaynah Welch said it's good to see everybody coming together during this tough time.
Welch's mother, Natasha Roller, said even if you don't know someone personally, it's still right to help them in a time of need.
"We are a very small community, and we are also very tight," Roller said. "We don't know each other personally, maybe, but we all know of each other. We try to help each other, watch out for each other. It has been very difficult on everybody."
Following the memorial service, lanterns were released in honor of both girls.