Vigil held 1 year after woman's abduction, killing

Published On: Jan 10 2012 09:08:33 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2012 06:30:38 AM EST

The family of Michelle McCoy, who was abducted and killed last year, held a vigil to pray for peace and justice.


The family of Michelle McCoy, who was abducted and killed last year, held a vigil Tuesday to pray for peace and justice.

McCoy, 20, was seen being dragged into a minivan in Northwest Jacksonville on Jan. 10, 2011. McCoy was reported missing Jan. 13, and police did not go public with her kidnapping for nearly three weeks.

Once the public heard about McCoy being missing, tips started coming in that helped lead officers to McCoy's remains. They were found 19 days later in a field where the vigil was held.

"We all live to go one day, but the way that she left here, it wasn't suppose to happen like that," said a cousin of McCoy.

The McCoy family said no amount of time will ever heal their wounds.

"Sometimes I can't sleep at night because it be hard," said McCoy's twin sister, Melissa. "I can't talk about it."

Tuesday night, the family released balloons and lit candles to keep Michelle's memory alive.

After her disappearance, tips led police to their prime suspect in the abduction, Larry Thompson, a convicted rapist who pledged not to go back to jail and committed suicide during a SWAT standoff.

Thompson's cousin Kenneth is in jail on another charge. He is also suspected in McCoy's disappearance and murder.

"We're still fighting and the case is still open. We want justice," said a family member.

Kenneth Thompson goes to trial on Jan. 18th.


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