Candlelight vigil remembers missing and murdered

A celebration of life and a candlelight vigil were held at the Garden Club in Junction City Saturday night.

The vigil was held to remember Michael Gorley, Linda Price, Crystal Rogers, Anna Manning, Desiree Sparks, Crystal Warner, Bobby Jones, Casey Bowling, Whitney Copley and many more people who have either gone missing or were murdered — about 75 in all. Family members came from other states to remember their loved ones.

There was a live band during the day. Following the candlelight vigil, which was forced inside because of the wind, some sky lanterns were sent up for each person.

Photos and text by Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com

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Charles Coffey Jr., brother-in-law of Michael Gorley who has been missing since May 17, 2015, lights a candle during a celebration of life and candlelight vigil in Junction City on Saturday. About 75 people who are missing or have been murdered were remembered.

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Charles Coffey Jr., brother-in-law of Michael Gorley who has been missing since May 17, 2015, lights a candle during a celebration of life and candlelight vigil in Junction City on Saturday, while Sandra Hasty, Gorley’s mother, reads the names of those remembered — about 75 people who are missing or have been murdered.

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Paisley Ellis and Mary Sargent, daughter and mother of Linda Price who has been missing since 2015, were two of those at the celebration of life and candlelight vigil on Saturday.

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Wind and threatening clouds forced a portion of the candlelight vigil to move indoors. The family of Desiree Sparks, found in Lincoln County after having disappeared, was present as well. She was one of the 75 missing or murdered names read aloud as candles were lit.

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Ashley Lear, right, longtime friend of MIchael Gorley mourned his disappearance during the candelight vigil Saturday night, along with Gorley’s nephew and niece, Kagen and Addison Coffey; Mary Sargent, the mother of Linda Price, missing since 2015, back; and the families and friends of others missing or murdered around the state.

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Addison Coffey, niece of Michael Gorley, holds candles during Saturday’s vigil honoring 75 murdered or missing.