Jessica Ridgeway. Photo from KUSA
By P. SOLOMON BANDA / Associated Press
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) -- More than 2,000 people are remembering a 10-year-old suburban Denver girl who was killed after disappearing on her way to school Oct. 5.
Neighbors, relatives and others gathered Tuesday night for a public memorial service for Jessica Ridgeway at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada. Many wore Jessica's favorite color, purple.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose son is Jessica's age, told attendees that everyone in the state is with the Ridgeways.
Pastor Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada says community support has been lifting Jessica's family.
The ceremony opened with a slideshow of pictures set to Jessica's favorite songs, including "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.