In a Sea of Purple, Slain Saginaw Girl Remembered at Vigil - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Continuing coverage of events related to the murder of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher

In a Sea of Purple, Slain Saginaw Girl Remembered at Vigil

Candlelight vigil held for 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher at park



    A vigil was held on Thursday in Saginaw to remember 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher. Her body was found a week ago in the street under a tarp. (Published Friday, July 12, 2013)

    Scores of people gathered in a Saginaw park Thursday night for a vigil for 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher, who was killed last week.

    Those attending the vigil at Willow Creek Park lit candles, sang songs and released purple balloons.

    "I want people here to support her, showing love, that we're here," organizer Emery Crawford said. "That purple will fly high until we find out who did it. I don't know her or her family, but I'm a resident of Saginaw, and I want them to know I'm here for them."

    Much of Saginaw is wrapped in purple ribbon. Purple was Gallagher's favorite color.

    Funeral services were held earlier Thursday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills. Her family, friends and church family remembered Gallagher as a "delightful little girl" who loved her church and everyone she met.

    Teenagers found Gallagher's body wrapped in a tap in a street about a mile from her home on July 1.

    A police spokesman said tips continue to come into the police department, but investigators have no suspects in her killing. The FBI has put up electronic billboards across North Texas in an effort to get more leads in the case.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said it is awaiting lab results before ruling on a cause of death.

    The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Gallagher's death.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 682-888-3682 or 682-888-3684.