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Vigil Tuesday honors murdered girl

ELKHART, Ind. -- Dozens of balloons filled the sky  Tuesday.


 

Mostly purple and pink, murder victim Kristyana Jackson's favorite colors.

 

“It's just really beautiful that people are here taking time out of their day to honor my daughter my child. It really means a lot to us,” says Kristyana’s mom Kimi Jackson.

 

Kristyana and her mother Kimi were walking into their home on Kilbourn Street in Elkhart two years ago when they were approached by two armed and masked men.

 

Kristyana was shot in the head and died days later in a hospital.

 

“Part of your heart is gone and you're never going to get it back ever,” Kristyana’s grandmother Barbara Lamb told ABC 57’s Rachel Brown. 

 

Her murder is the reason why all of these people, a sea of purple, gathered to release balloons to honor Kristyana to let her parents know they are not alone.

 

Kimi says the support has been amazing, and although no one has yet been charged for her daughter's murder, she believes that day will come.

 

“I always believed in my heart it would be solved. I always believed that. I didn't think I would be standing here two years later. I didn't think that. But I haven't lost hope yet. I still, I still know that they are working very hard.”

 

The family won't rest until justice is served.

 

The family and police want anyone with information to call the Elkhart Police Department. 

 

 

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