Springfield Unites in Wake of Hailey Owens' Death
SPRINGFIELD - In the wake of 10-year-old Hailey Owens' death, the Springfield community has rallied around the grieving family.
Saturday 10,000 people turned out for a vigil in remembrance. Hailey's family including her mother, Stacey Owens, lead the supporters on a candlelit walk through downtown Springfield.
For some area residents, the aftermath of the tragedy showed how well the community has responded.
"If you can find any good out of this tragic thing that has rattled our community, it's that we have pulled together and people know they care about one another," said Springfield mother and grandmother Phyllis Ferguson.
Some local businesses donated tips and put out collection jars in their restaurant for the Owens' family. For That Lebanese Place owner, Elie Ghanem, it's just a small way he can contribute to help the family.
"It's not just us. I think everyone in town is doing the same thing," said Ghanem. "It breaks every parent's heart."
In the sorrow of the loss, the city of Springfield has seemingly found togetherness.
"In many ways Hailey's become everyone's little girl," said Ferguson.