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Remembering Celina Cass, 1 year later

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WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. -

A grim anniversary in New Hampshire's North Country. A young girl murdered -- one year ago.

Thursday night hundreds turned out for a vigil to remember Celina Cass - and call for justice.

They arrived early to write messages on balloons.

Others made sure the candles were shining bright for the candlelight vigil held at the park just around the corner from Celina's home.

"It rocked this town to its core. We are still trying to cope as a community we are still trying to come together," said Cassandra Hunt, a former neighbor of Celina.

About 100 family friends and strangers turned out to make sure Celina Cass has not been forgotten -- even though a year has passed since her murder.

"She was a person you could trust and tell secrets and you knew she wouldn't tell anyone else," said Celina's friend Christie Baglio.

During the 30 minute vigil -- the crowd shared laughs and tears. They described the young girl as loving and vibrant -- who liked to play dress up and fish.

"I miss the 5-year-old that I took fishing with her sister and would have no part of me putting the worm on her hook for her," said family friend Mark Mullaney.

Morgan Gilman and Suzanna Whittum drove more than an hour from Whitefield to sing a song.

Celina's mother thanked the community for its support over the past year. Louisa Noyes also made a public plea for the killer or killers to turn themselves in.

"Whoever did this to my daughter Celina Cass, rot in hell," said Celina's mother Louisa Noyes.

Louisa also expressed her frustration with the slow police investigation.

      Reporter: "Do you think you know who did this?"

      Louisa: "No comment, we are not allowed to say anything"

Kasha Ramirez offered her support to the family during the vigil. She explained she knows what the family is going through waiting for justice. Ramirez's brother, 21-year-old Justin Flanders, was murdered just north of Stewartstown in Pittsburg -- nine months before Celina was killed.

"It seems like it takes forever, but it will happen," said Ramirez.

At the end of the vigil, the balloon messages were sent into the air, messages delivered to Celina in heaven.

"I miss her so much," said Louisa.

No one has been charged in her death. But police say the case is far from cold.  Three state police detectives have been assigned to the case nearly full-time, along with FBI agents.

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