SAGINAW — The Saginaw community came out in full force Saturday to remember Alanna Gallager, the six-year-old girl who was found dead on a city street not far from her home on Monday.
In the back of a 7-Eleven on Boat Club Road in Fort Worth, volunteers were gathering as much purple ribbon they could find.
"We've had a lot of people stop by; it's unbelievable," said Stafanie Mesics. "They're driving here just to get ribbons for her.”
An organizer said purple was Alanna's favorite color, and most local stores had quickly run out. Volunteers were tying ribbons Saturday afternoon — some to hand out to the public and more to tie around the community.
"Just come and walk up and get ribbons, take what you want," urged Eva Crawford, an organizer of the event.
Volunteers also teamed up with the Angels Softball Team to show support for the family and the community by giving car washes.
Not far away, another group was sending a message by pounding the pavement. Rachel Monk and several others tied ribbons to stop signs and light posts in the community where Gallagher's family lives. Monk said this is a neighborhood that needs a lot of healing.
"They're afraid to let their kids outside and play, and that's sad," she said. "We got to let them live their lives still."
Alanna's body was found at the intersection of Cindy Lane and Round Rock Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The discovery site was more than one mile north of the victim's home on Babbling Brook Drive, where her parents reported the child missing about 90 minutes later.
Funeral arrangements for Alanna Gallagher have not been finalized, and her killer remains at large.