Tuesday marked the six-month anniversary of the disappearance of Phylicia Barnes, and family members held a vigil in her honor at City Hall.
Barnes, an honor student from North Carolina, had been visiting relatives in Baltimore. She was last seen on December 28th. It's been six months, but for the Barnes family, every day has been a challenge.
“We're trying to just be there for each other. Just to talk or hug or cry or pray,” said her sister, Deena Barnes. “She may be gone she's not forgotten. And we're not giving up. We're going to keep pressing, keep moving forward and we're going until this case may be resolved.”
About 50 family members and friends came out for the vigil. Phylicia Barnes’ body was found in the Susquehanna River in April.
“We know that the city and the state are doing what they can. We just want to make sure that they don't forget and we want to make sure that they're still looking for answers looking for clues,” said Aiyana Harris, Barnes’ cousin.
Security expert Don Rondeau has been working with the family since Barnes disappeared. He says the case shows him that enforcement agencies need to focus more attention and resources, on missing kids.
“Compare your average parking enforcement division with the missing children's task force and you'll see what I'm talking about,” he said.
Others say they hope the vigil will spark someone's conscience -- someone out there, they say, who knows what happened to Phylicia Barnes.
“My opinion as a community volunteer, I think that there are too many people here in Baltimore, community leaders, residents, who keep their eyes closed things like this happen in our city,” said Marcus “Strider” Dent of the Guardian Angels’ Baltimore chapter.
Investigators have determined that Phylicia Barnes was murdered, and they know how she died but have not released that information.
So far they say they have no suspects.
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