On the second Sunday of December every year, families who have lost a child gather for a candlelight vigil. This year in Groveton, N.H., the mother of Celina Cass took part.
"Comforting, but it will never bring my baby back," Louisia Noyes said.
The body of 11-year-old Celina was found in the Connecticut River this summer after she had been missing for a week. Police have ruled her death a homicide.
"It's a tragedy to see what happens to our children. Sometimes we hear about what happens but it is easy to put it in a different place and not really face the facts about what's going on in our own community," said Cathy Brittis of the Child Advocacy Center in Lebanon, N.H.
The Child Advocacy Center investigates crimes against kids, from frequent cases of abuse to more rare cases of homicide, and does outreach in the community.
"We need to be teaching every adult in our community about their responsibility," Brittis said.
She says that educating the community as a whole about the dangers children face is key and she says currently not enough is being done. It's a system she says is failing our kids.
"It is something that we need to be doing as a society because our children are the most important things in this world," Brittis said.
And in the Northumberland Cemetery, there is a stark reminder: a new gravestone for Celina Cass. An 11-year-old whose life was cut short.
"Cheerful, laughing, loved to dress up," Noyes said. "Very positive, very beautiful."
Police have released very few details about the case. Currently no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.
Advocacy centers are in every county in New Hampshire and most counties in Vermont. Where there are not centers, special investigation units for children are available.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:49:17 GMT
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife. New York State Police were called to the Best Value Inn on Booth Drive Sunday night for a report of a domestic dispute. InvestigatorsMore >>
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:14:46 GMT
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street in Burlington Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly 300 dollars from him. Police arrested 29-year-olds Andre Martel and Anthony HammondMore >>
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly $300 from him.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:01:29 GMT
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison. Police say Christopher Bush topped speeds of 100-miles-per-hour in a stolen SUV. The 27 year old pleadedMore >>
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:58:56 GMT
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman. Maryann Foster, 59, went missing the week of Feb. 24 and there has been no luck finding her yet. Police sayMore >>
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-03-11 16:23:59 GMT
A group of senators spent an all-nighter on Capitol Hill talking about climate change. Twenty-six Democrats and two independents, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, held a fact-gathering hearingMore >>
A group of senators spent an all-nighter on Capitol Hill talking about climate change.More >>