Candlelight march honors Hailey Owens

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSDK) – A community reeling from the loss of 10-year-old Hailey Owens is remembering her Saturday night during a candlelight vigil.

Craig Wood, 45, is accused of kidnapping and killing Owens, who was walking home from a friend's house.

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Police found Owens' body in Wood's house early Wednesday morning in a storage container in the basement. Documents also show that 16 guns, trash bags, bloody clothes, bleach and a binder full of child pornography were also in the home.

Wood made his first court appearance Friday.

Hailey is remembered as an outgoing girl who loved life.

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"Hailey was just a joy. She was my sunshine," Hailey's aunt, Chandra Calhoun, told the Springfield News-Leader. "She didn't know what a bad mood was. She just enjoyed life."

The vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Commercial and Campbell Streets.

Attendees will march along Commercial Street to the end of the Jefferson Avenue footbridge, culminating with a moment of silence.

Donations to benefit Hailey's family can be made at any of the 21 Empire Bank locations in the area.


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