GREENVILLE — Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Greenville on Saturday, demanding justice in the murder of a teenage girl.
It's been more than a week since Alicia Moore disappeared. There have been no arrests and police have named no suspects.
Anger and fear are growing.
Purple was Alicia's favorite color, so it was fitting that a purple stream of hundreds of Greenville residents turned out to assert that, yes — Alicia Moore was part of their family, too.
"I'm happy because they didn't have to do it; on a nice Saturday like this, you could be with your family," said Jessica Byrd, Alicia's aunt. "They're here to support my family. I'm very appreciative."
Greenville police, criticized for being tardy in responding to Alicia's disappearance, were there to escort the solemn memorial, but they almost participated in it, as if to apologize.
Now, Greenville detectives are working with a handful of other law enforcement agencies to track down Alicia's killer.
Rev. Phillip Williams organized Saturday's march. "It has come to symbolize that a community is divided; a community is not there for each other," he said. "That's what the focus is: To get the community back together."
"I'm thinking about the family and how sad they must be. I'm a mom as well, and I can't imagine the pain that they're in," said Greenville resident Michelle Blackshear, who added that Alicia's disappearance and murder has been very emotional for her.
The walk ended with a prayer at the intersection where Alicia Moore got off of her school bus for the last time eight days ago.
A purple banner marks the spot. A memorial of flowers and stuffed animals grows every day.
A reward fund of $17,000 has already been established to help find the killer. If the will of this community had anything to do with it, that person would already be in jail.
The newest piece of evidence in the case is a grainy picture of a car on Friday, November 2. The photo, snapped by a school bus surveillance camera, shows a the vehicle parked behind the bus that Alicia was last seen stepping off.
Investigators hope that driver can give them helpful information. The car appears to be a Chrylser or Dodge of a dark color.