The family of Alicia Moore gathered Sunday to remember the 16-year-old two years after she was abducted and killed.
“She was just a young girl who really didn’t deserve this, she still had life to live,” said her aunt, Jessica Byrd.
Moore stepped off the school bus just a block from her home in Greenville, Nov. 2, 2012. It was the last time she was seen alive.
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Days later, Nov. 6, 2012, her body was discovered in a trunk on the side of Farm-to-Market Road 47 just north of Willis Point, miles from her home.
Two years later, and for the first time, Moore’s mother, grandmother and uncle accompanied her aunt to visit the spot where her body was found. The family released purple balloons alongside the busy rural roadway.
Her uncle, Michael Vincent Moore, has been arrested and indicted for in connection with her death, but has yet to stand trial.
Byrd told NBC 5 Michael Moore still denies any role in the girl’s death, and two years later, he continues to write letters to the family from jail.
“He writes, and that’s about it,” Byrd said, “Just short letters just to keep us knowing when his court dates are.”
Byrd said the family doesn’t know if he is guilty or not, but either way they are looking to gain closure and move forward.
"We are big strong faith believers and the truth will come out because God will let the light shine because what’s done in the dark will come to the light,” Byrd said.