Candlelight vigil in Saginaw remembers Alanna Gallagher



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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 11:30 PM

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SAGINAW -- More than 200 friends and neighbors of Alanna Gallagher gathered for an emotional candlelight vigil on Thursday night.

Sporting purple, holding candles, and singing "Amazing Grace," participants said it was an important event on the same day the little girl was laid to rest.

"I have kids of my own -- I just don't know what I would do," said Shavonne Simpson, who brought her four kids to pay their respects at the vigil.

It has been a week-and-a-half since Gallagher's body was found wrapped in a tarp, not even a mile from the vigil site at Willow Creek Park. Her home is also about a mile away.

News 8 was first to report details of an exhaustive search warrant executed at the family home in hours after her death. Investigators removed DNA swabs, computers, hot tub water, bags, and possible swabs of blood.

Police have said the family aren't suspects.

But Miles McDaniel, one of Alanna's two fathers, was questioned for hours on Tuesday of this week.

At the vigil, neighbors of the family said they aren't sure what to think, but that they wanted to use the evening as a time to reflect and say goodbye.

They also wanted to send a message, as some families held up "Justice for Alanna" signs.

FBI and Saginaw police investigators continue to work the case and are hoping for new leads.

Twenty billboards offering up to a $10,000 reward in the case are now posted around North Texas.