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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:50 pm

BY LARRY HANNANSTORY UPDATED AT 6:27 AM ON THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

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A framed piece of paper stamped with the footprints of Haleigh Cummings adorn a display table during a candlelight vigil ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of Haleigh Cummings' disappearance from her Satsuma home.
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SATSUMA – About 100 people commemorated the one-year anniversary of Haleigh Cummings’ disappearance Wednesday night by praying for her safe return during a cold Satsuma sundown.

Within walking distance of the mobile home where she disappeared, family members and friends and neighbors held aloft candles and released balloons while praying that Haleigh would soon be found alive.

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Haleigh’s mother, Crystal Sheffield, attended the event but did not speak. Family members said the anniversary had been hard on her.

Many people came up to Sheffield and hugged her while asking how she was holding up.

The event ended with all of the lit candles being put on a table. Sheffield and other family members put their candles down first, and were followed by everyone else in attendance.

Several family members called on God to help them find Haleigh.

“I’m still waiting for God to answer our question on where Haleigh is,” said Marie Griffis, Haleigh’s maternal grandmother, who started out by reading a Bible verse. “I’m standing still waiting for an answer.”

Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings, is in jail on drug charges and could not attend the event. Her paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, read a letter from Cummingsabout how much he missed Haleigh.

Cummings has put Haleigh’s picture on the wall of his jail cell and it’s the first thing he sees in the morning and the last thing he sees at night, Neves said.

“His greatest wish is to see Haleigh again,” she said.

Ann Dugger, executive director of the Justice Coalition, said the vigil was a sign that police and the community were not giving up on the case.

“We’re here to offer hope and we will not give up,” said Dugger. “If anyone out there has answers on where Haleigh is we’re asking them to do the right thing and come forward.

But police believe the people who know the most are in jail, specifically Haleigh’s father and her former stepmother, Misty Croslin.

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video of candlelight vigil and much more here:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/crime/2010-02-10/story/vigil_revives_hope_for_finding_haleigh_cummings

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:23 pm

BlowKisses Thanks for posting this. The video is very touching.
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Post by jeanne1807 on Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:43 pm

Wow can it be one year already. It seems like last month or maybe two months ago.

Little Haleigh..oh where can you be?

What a mess all those people have made of their lives.

Grandma Sikes spoke well. I am sure this is very hard for her because Haleigh and JR lived with her. Haleigh is gone and now Jr has been taken away from her. I am sure she hears their voices now and then.

God Bless All of Them That Weep For Haleigh.
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