CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Dozens of Carrollton residents, even the mayor, turned out for a vigil Wednesday night to remember Jasmen Gonzalez, the 10 year-old girl abducted and killed over the weekend.
Jasmen’s parents were there and spoke publicly for the first time since their daughter’s death.
Pastors and Ministers from several denominations offered prayers.
“Father, we thank you tonight especially for the gift of this precious little girl. We thank you for the gift she has been to her family for over 10 years,” Reverand Lovell prayed.
Jasmen’s Father and Mother, Hector and Elvira Gonzalez, were thankful for the show of sympathy and support from a community still reeling from the little girl’s murder.
“Thank you. Thank you so much for help for my daughter. Thank you,” Elvira Gonzalez said.
“You know they just came down to visit and for something like this to happen, it’s just terrible,” said Carrollton resident Veronica Saavedra.
Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant and State Representative Raphael Anchia also took a stand with the community and the grieving parents.
“I’m grateful to everyone and thank you,” said Hector Gonzalez.
Jasmen’s family does not hold the crime committed upon their daughter against the citizens of Carrollton.
“I’ve been coming here for ten years, and I’m not going to stop coming because of this,” Hector told those gathered.
The gathering was also a fundraiser for burial expenses and for a family trip that lasted much longer than expected.
Jose Sifuentes is the man accused of killing Jasmen. He was arrested yesterday and charged with murder.
He remains in the Dallas County jail. Bond is set at $1,001,000.