Organizers of Celis vigil hope to help family heal - Tucson News Now

Organizers of Celis vigil hope to help family heal

Isabel Celis Isabel Celis
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson community coming together to support Isabel Celis’ family.

The vigil happens Wednesday, April 5, to honor the life of the six-year-old girl taken from her bed nearly five years ago.

On Friday, March 31, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus announced they found the remains of Celis in a rural part of Pima County.

Since 2012, Tucson held onto hope that she was alive. The person responsible for her death is still out there.

“I felt that we all needed to come together in support of the family as well as to honor and celebrate the life of Isabel,” Travis Ramirez said.

Travis and two other friends started a Facebook event for a candlelight vigil in downtown Tucson.

They say everyone in southern Arizona was heartbroken over the news of the discovery of her remains. They wanted to do their part.

Vigil organizer Colton Johnson said, “Kids are our future. They look at us as their leaders and when something happens like this that is such a tragedy. That’s part of our future.”

Ramirez said, “It could have been any one of our children, one of our nieces, nephews, our cousin. It could have been anybody. And for me it just hit close to home because it is our community and I feel a sense of community in Tucson.”

Organizers hope the memorial will help the family heal.

Johnson said, “I really just hope they see that they have support from all over.”

The vigil happens at 6:30 Wednesday night at the downtown library on East Pennington Street and North Stone Avenue. So far more than 150 people have RSVP’d to the event. Organizers are asking the community to bring candles.

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