Vigil held for 16-year-old girl killed in Ferguson

16-year-old Maleah Talton was last seen alive last Thursday.

FERGUSON, MO. - It's been one week since a tragic discovery on a north county biking trail. 

A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed.

Her murder is still a mystery. And Saturday, her family was asking for help and hoping for answers.

The person responsible for taking Maleah Talton's life is still on the loose.

As family members prepare to lay her to rest Monday, they're calling on the community to speak up.

"A living hell" - that's Tirria Blank's way of describing what the past seven days have been like.

Last Thursday was the last time she saw her daughter, Maleah Talton alive.

"No mother should have to go through what she's gone through."

On Saturday evening, a prayer of comfort was held as dozens gathered to remember a teen who they say never met a stranger.

"She would help everybody, she made friends real easy," Blanks said.

"She was just an outgoing, bright person," said, Maleah's best friend, Zharia Bailey.

The 16-year-old was a sophomore at McCluer North High School with hopes to be in the fashion industry.

"She had her whole life ahead of her and she had dreams."

Maleah's Dreams and bright future were snuffed out too soon.

On November 4th, Police say Maleah's body was found wrapped in a rug and dumped along Ted Jones Trail in north St. Louis County.

Police say she was beaten and shot.

"Somebody could just take her life like that and just have no heart for her, it just makes me sad"

Investigators have identified a person of interest in the case.  They're searching for 22- year-old, Evander Thompson. They say he knew the victim.

In the meantime, Maleah's family is leaning on their neighbors and friends to help them get closure
"Even if you think it's minute, say something anyway, because the smallest detail could mean something to a detective."

Blanks has a message for other parents.

"We have to watch our daughters closely, we have to watch our daughters closely and our boys too"

This case is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call Ferguson Police.


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