Town rallies to honor memory of 6-year-old girl

Claudine Zap
Yahoo! NewsJuly 9, 2013

Saginaw, Texas, has been decorated in purple to honor its young victim, Alanna

The six-year-old was abducted on July 1. Her body was discovered the next day under a tarp in the middle of the street. Her killer has not been found.

The mysterious and shocking death prompted the child’s teachers, friends and family to hang ribbons in her favorite color to show their support.

Local resident Rachel Monk has started the purple ribbon plan, according to the New York Daily News.

“I am truly blessed to live in a town where we look out for each other, and stand as one,” she said. “You can't drive down a single street in Saginaw without seeing purple somewhere, and that touches my heart,” Monk added.

Police have been canvassing the neighborhoods near where Alanna disappeared, and have even searched cars.

"We are talking to neighbors, talking to anyone passing throughvisitorsanybody to get more information," Saginaw Police Officer Damon Ing told CBS Dallas. "Nothing prompted this. It's just the next step in the investigation."

No arrests have been made in the case, which is being treated as a homicide.

Alanna’s father posted his thanks for the community’s support on his Facebook page.

"The State Guard, our church (Calvary Lutheran), and our neighbors are taking good care of us with food and such,” Karl Gallagher wrote. “The Saginaw Police, FBI, and many other investigators have been very professional and dedicated. The news media have been polite and respectful of our privacy. The sympathy and support from the community far and near has been amazing," he added.