Thousands Walked in Tribute of a Young Girls Death

By Dana Ellis '15

Thousands March in Honor of Hailey Owens (Photo: The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis)

Thousands March in Honor of Hailey Owens (Photo: The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis)

Early last week in Springfield Missouri, ten-year-old Hailey Owens was kidnapped only a block away from her house and murdered. The suspect, Craig Michael Wood was the local middle school football coach and is now in custody. Hailey’s body was found in the suspect’s basement. He is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder.

 The town organized a march to help the family and the community cope and begin healing. An overwhelming amount of people, estimated at 10,000, walked through the streets of Springfield.

 To show further support and love for Hailey and her family, people marched in purple and pink (Hailey’s favorite colors). Many people sang as others told stories of the girl life. The family and the community wanted to remember and focus on her life and not the tragic way she died.