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Vigil for Alexis Murphy Held at Nelson County High School

Posted: Updated: Aug 8, 2013 05:05 PM
left: Laura Ann Murphy, mother of Alexis Murphy left: Laura Ann Murphy, mother of Alexis Murphy
Alexis Murphy, 17, has been missing since August 3 Alexis Murphy, 17, has been missing since August 3

Hundreds of people braved a steady rain to show support for Alexis Murphy.

A candlelight vigil for the missing 17-year-old from Nelson was held at Nelson County High School Thursday night. Prayers and songs filled the air at the football field.

Alexis' aunt spoke for the family, thanking everyone for their concern, and Alexis' mother, Laura Ann Murphy, broke her silence with a passionate plea.

"If you got her just let her go," she said.

Alexis left their house in Shipman Saturday night and hasn't been seen since. Murphy believes someone has her daughter and won't let her go.

"It's hard. It's hard to sleep, it's hard to eat, it's just hard," Murphy said.

The family says faith and community are what they're relying on during this difficult time; it gives them strength and helps them to stay positive. Organizers of the vigil also say it's important for the community to come together as one.

"I just think the family needed encouragement to know that we're here for them," said vigil organizer Robin Packard.

Alexis' family attended the event. Churches from around the area donated candles for the vigil.

Alexis' parents have two other children and say they have to remain strong for their sakes.

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