CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Grief-stricken family and friends gathered Tuesday to remember the life of a local 13-year-old girl whose murdered body was found Sunday morning in thick woods near her home.
Hundreds filled the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati for a memorial service. It was a tribute filled with song and prayer.
"Our lives have been touched by the hopes and the dreams of Esme Kenney and her family," said Rev. Dr. Frank Carpenter with St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, where Esme and her family attended.
Hundreds of family, friends and even strangers came out to pay their respects to a young girl brutally murdered.
"Esme was born on Jan. 20, 1996 to Tom and Lisa Kenney, loving parents to whom we send our deepest and sincere sympathies, as we can not possibly imagine the pain and suffering they have undergone," said Lucas Wozniak, student body president at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, where Esme was a 7th grader.
Tears and hugs filled this hour long celebration that highlighted the astounding life Esme Kenney lived.
"We love you Esme, and your family at SCPA will honor you every time we lift a paint brush, write a poem, move to music create character, make a melody," said Laurie Wyant, a faculty member at SCPA. "We will miss you."
Funeral arrangements for Esme Kenney have not yet been made public. Another memorial service is being Wednesday at her church.