Friends and several members of the community gathered at Freedom Park in Tucson Tuesday evening to hold a vigil for 6-year-old Isabel Celis.
Isabel would have been playing alongside her little league teammates Tuesday evening. But instead of celebrating the game with a cheer, the Little Diamondbacks shared a moment of silence and wore Isabel's jersey, number four.
"She's fun, she loves to bat, she loves to play with her friends," said 7-year-old Celeste Polder. She said she liked to help Isabel out on the field.
One by one, Isabel's friends tied purple ribbons to the ballpark fence for her.
"Of course our family is very sad. It's a parent's worst nightmare, so I feel for the family and of course we just want her to come home," said Kelly Ramos. Her son plays on the same team.
Dozens of people hoped, prayed and released balloons in Isabel's honor.
"I just wish she's safe and everyone's thinking about her," said Celeste.
Isabel's dad, Sergio, was also missing tonight. He's an assistant coach for the team.
"He was very concerned," said coach Matt Shelor. "He wakes up in the morning and doesn't know where his daughter is."
For now, they're just trying to keep Isabel's memories alive.
The little girl's family told a representative at the vigil that they wanted to be there but that it was just too hard.
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