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Vigil held for Jodi Parrack in Constantine

CONSTANTINE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dozens gathered in St. Joseph County to remember Jodi Parrack on the anniversary of her death on Sunday and the Parrack's mother broke her silence and talked with Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza.

Nearly 40 showed up in honor of the little girl who died 8 years ago to the day and the pain of Jodi Parrack's senseless death is still very fresh to her mother.

Valerie Gilson, Jodi Parrack's mother, said, "It certainly doesn't seem like it's been 8 years."

Many who showed say the pain and grief is still raw and nearly 20 lanterns decorated the sky in honor of the little girl.

Gilson said, "Everybody loved her"

The 11-year-old's body was found in a Constantine Township cemetery by her mother on Nov. 8, 2007.

Gilson said, "I try not to think about it all the time, but when I do think about it seems like yesterday."

For years the murder of the 5th grader confounded investigators until a recent breakthrough revealed 65-year-old Daniel Furlong's DNA matched DNA found on Parrack's body.

Gilson said, "I am very glad he was caught and is in jail and he can't hurt anybody else."

The girl who helped catch Jodi Parrack's accused killer, like the rest of the small group, wanted to honor the little girl she heard so much about.

Mackenzie Stafford said, "It feels really good to just pay my respects."

While the gathering doesn't answer all the questions it did offer healing to those who loved her and Jodi's mother says this will be the last vigil held in remembrance of Jodi.

Daniel Furlong is expected in court on Thursday.

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