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ARLINGTON ― It s been 14 years, but the memory of Amber Hagerman lives on. The 9-year-old s kidnapping and murder led to the creation of the AMBER Alert program.

More than 20 people ― including Amber s mother, Donna Norris, and the detective who worked on the case ― attended a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the young girl.

On January 13, 1996, Hagerman was riding her bike in the area of East Abram Street and Browning Drive in Arlington when someone grabbed her and threw her into a truck.

Four days after her disappearance, her body found was found near a creek, not far from her home.

The case remains unsolved, but her mother hopes that one day investigators will find her daughter s killer.

Every year, it s pretty tough because I don t know if it is the guy next to me, Norris said. Who is he? I want to know. Who is he? What kind of monster would do this to my child?

The AMBER Alert system started in Texas in 1996. It has safely recovered 495 children.

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